Recent Sightings

July

11th: Bittern distant but showing well still from Bittern hide. It’s actually in the reeds nearest B hide so might give better view if moves. At least one Garganey maybe two at Main Pool plus 6 Little Egret inc. 1 juv (2 also at B), 4 LRP at B (2ad/2juv). 4 Teal and 2 male Wigeon still, Pete Sofley.

10th: 2 Wigeon, our first returning birds of the Autumn?! Very early for us? Hobby, C. Tern, 4 Little Egret. P. Lichfield

9th: 9 Blackwit circled the reserve before flying up river. Juvenile Peregrine dive bombing ducks on B pool & a brief visit from a C. Tern. P. Lichfield

8th: Few new waders in today – Dunlin early on briefly, 2 Redshank, 1 Common Sand and LRP. Juvenile Willow and Marsh Tit, 2 juvenile Cetti’s Warbler, 2 juvenile Peregrine. Pete Sofley

7th: Purple Hairstreak along the track by the woodyard. Steve Cawthray

4th: Single female Garganey on view from B hide & 2 Little Egret. 2 Brown Hawker & Broad bodied Chasers, Hughie King.

3rd: 5 Garganey! from B hide 0830, record for reserve? 2 Green Sandpiper (1 in Bay/1 on river). Water still draining from sluice but some good mud finally starting to show. Juvenile Lapwings, 2 at B and 4 on Main Pool. 1 second calendar year Hobby at B pools. Pete Sofley

1st: Marsh Helleborines with a few flowers starting to open but 100’s still to open over the next week or so.. also found hedge woundwort not common on reserve, Pete Sofley. 4 Garganey late afternoon. 3 well plumaged Blackwits , one with plastic jewellery* flew out and 7 non breeding plumaged birds dropped in, Roger Broadbent. *Godwit was later found to be ringed in Devon and of the race islandica. 2nd calendar year Hobby and adult over the reserve, Pete Lichfield. 6 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 18 Lapwing, LRP, 4 Little Egret, Steve Cawthray, Pete Sofley.

June

30th: At least 3 Garganey, 4 Shoveler, Teal, 3 Little Egret – all on B scrape. P. Lichfield

29th: Female garganey on b pool this afternoon. No sighting of male, could be amongst the reeds. Hobby seen over trees right of Bittern Hide with a buzzard for company . Lapwing chicks were seen in right hand corner of main pool, Kenneth Wescott. C. Tern, 2 Hobby, 2 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 2 Little Egret. P.Lichfield

27th: Only one Garganey (m) showing on B pool + pr. of Teal & Little Egret. Hobby over river & main pool, 2 Painted Lady along river path. P. Lichfield

26th: 2 male Garganey going into eclipse (no sign of females but spend the afternoon loafing on islands out of sight), 3m Teal, 5 Shoveler and over 100+ Gadwall on both pools. 2 Redshank, juv Green Woodie. PL, KJB.

25th: 2 pairs of Garganey still on B pools, 5 Little Egrets, at least 3 young Lapwing still on main marsh. Dave & Ben Eaton

24th: The four Garganey still on B scrapes. Teal (Male), 3 Shoveler (2m/1f), 1 Shelduck (female). Otter below Riverwalk hide in new bay and then again B pools opposite B hide. Cuckoo   Plenty of butterflies in the humid conditions and a newly emerged Meadow Brown and couple of Painted Lady along Riverwalk. KJB had first returning Green Sandpiper (2) on B scrapes now levels dropped. Ringed Plover and LRP on main pool, Pete Sofley. Marsh Helleborines beginning to flower, Ben Eaton.

22nd: 4 Garganey still present today. Butterfly survey; 6 unidentifiable White 15 Tortoiseshell 4 Red admiral 1 Essex skipper 3 Speckled Wood 1 Common blue 1 Comma 1 Small White 1 Green veined White 1 Large skipper 1 Small skipper 4 Ringlet 1 Meadow Brown. Dave Eaton

21st: Wasn’t expecting to find FOUR!!!! Garganey 2m/2f on B pool scrapes! Best view from Bittern hide. 1m Pochard, Gadwall with brood 6. Main pool 1m Teal, Gadwall brood 3, Lapwing with at least 3 young, 4 Little Egret. Pete Sofley

17th: Really pleased to find Bee Orchids in the car park today! Tried estimating numbers of Southern Marsh Orchids on main marsh and must be near 3000 the most I’ve ever seen on there! Also on higher section of marsh is full of Clovers, Vetch and Tre-foils Islands/scrapes starting to show but sluice will be open for another day or two to get water down to summer levels. 6 Little Egret, 3 Oystercatcher, 6 Lapwing (+4 chicks), 2 pairs of LRP’s have left now, nests gone and levels still high. 2 pairs of Shoveler, Sand Martins back at colonies. Pete Sofley

14th: Summer flood very slowly starting to subside. All hides accessible, wellies needed for Bittern Hide. Hobby over Main Pool at 13:00, Lapwing with 4 chicks on main marsh amongst estimated 1500+ Southern Marsh Orchids! Gadwall brood of 3, 3 Shoveler, pair of House Sparrow at Riverwalk Copse, Pete Sofley. At least two broods of Reed Warbler have survived the floods – adult carrying food by ringing station and 2 fledglings sitting out in the open in front of B hide. Cuckoo, Little Egret and Peregrine mobbing a Buzzard over the car park, Kevin Whiston.

12th: Cattle Egret all afternoon from Riverwalk, Rudd and Bittern hide. Pics David Dennis

11th: Cattle Egret on B pools, Curlew flew north. Steve Cawthray. Despite having a site first Cattle Egret today it’s a very sad day as all the martins are wiped out and all pools completely flooded even the reedbeds full of warblers look at risk now as river just getting even higher.Paths not passable between Riverwalk – B hide, Pete Sofley.

10th: Egyptian Goose briefly on B and Main pool and 2 Redshank mid afternoon on B pools by Kevin Whiston, Sam. 2 LRP, 14 Lapwing , Oystercatcher, 4 Little Egret, Cuckoo, 2 Peregrine, 3 Raven, 50+ mixed House/Sand Martin, 30 Swift. 3 juv Grey Wagtail on river. Otter was seen at B pools very close to B hide by KJB and few other visitors early this morning. Came in from right channel and eventually disappeared into reeds. Few more sightings in last few weeks. Despite the floods we have slowed the flow and there was a rise in levels but didn’t effect breeding birds. Lapwing chicks still doing well on both pools and adults have moved chicks on to safer/better feeding areas. 2nd brood of 9 Gadwall for the year. 2nd Water Rail brood. We’re having a good year for Willow Tits at least 2 possibly 3 successful pairs! Hard to work out how many young as some overlapping of territories now, but at least 8 young. Pete Sofley

7th: Ringed Plover, 5 LRP in torrential rain, B.Eaton.

6th: Nestbox update- Of the 100+boxes on site 48 were used by the tits. Great Tit and Blue Tits produced 239 young between them this spring (Great 130/ Blue 109) Big thanks to Dave Clifton & Kevin Whiston for monitoring. Hobby over at midday, Pr of Shoveler on B scrape, Cuckoo, Little Egret Whitethroat still busy bringing in the “grub”. P. Lichfield

5th: Martin Cross has had another fresh brood of 10 Goosander on Tame today by sewage works. That’s five broods between main reserve and sewage works this spring totalling 33 young. The two Lapwing pairs still with broods of 4+ 2 2 Cuckoo at B woods and Skylark singing at north end, Pete Sofley. Proof of further breeding success Pair of Whitethroat below Rudd Hide bringing seemingly endless supply of food in & removing fecal sac. P. Lichfield

4th: Pair Marsh Tit with at least 2 juvs today in tit flock before the rains on the west side of reserve. (also Coal tit with 4 juvs yesterday and Goldcrest with young, SLC) Lapwings broods of 4 and 2 still. Little grebe +2 on B, Pete Sofley.

3rd: “Congratulations a second brood of 2 Lapwing chicks on long island in front of B hide!! Original brood of 4 in Crake Corner still alive & doing well!!!! P. Lichfield

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2nd: Another good breeding success! Water Rail with 5 chicks below B hide. Photo Pete Lichfield, count KJB. We’ve raised water levels at B-pools to keep reedbed wet during summer and has increased Rails and Reed Warblers.

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May

30th: Great news found a brood of at least 3 fledged Willow Tit!!! One managed to out manoeuvre a Jay’s clutches. Also chuffed to finally get a hatched Lapwing brood of 4 after a few failed attempts, it’s our first for a few years and hopefully not the last? Pete Sofley

29th: Water levels dropping in New Bay which brought in a late Dunlin and 100+ Swift with low, wet cloud over Main Pool. Lesser Whitethroat at Rudd Pool. Water levels dropping at B pools. Pete Sofley

28th: A quiet spring day enlivened by the Terns mating, the LRP’s playing tag round B pool, Whitethroat playing hide & seek to the left of Bittern hide & my first juvenile Pied Wagtail of the year. P. Lichfield

26th: Treecreepers successfully fledged from old willow. Lots of juv Robins, Wrens, Song Thrush, Blackcap, Pied Wags and Tits. Looks the like the Grey Heron with breathing difficulties didn’t last the week. Family of 7 Raven still on dead sheep carcass. Skylark singing. 2 Cuckoo. Pete Sofley

24th: A fun filled couple of hours watching & photographing hirundines from Bittern Hide. Terns still trying to make up their minds which raft to occupy, Cuckoo flew across pool, 2 Pochard (m), Little Egret, Linnets and a glimpse of  an Otter added to the jollity. P. Lichfield

 

23rd: A walk in the yard at lunchtime adjacent to saw a Red Kite drifting north over the depot. That would have been good, but seeing it dive bombed by the local peregrines was even better. Phil Taylor. Pair of Terns regularly inspecting rafts this week. House Martins collecting mud below Bittern Hide but did not disturb Little Egret busy fishing. 3 Linnet also below hide with 2 C. Whitethroat in flowers to left. P.Lichfield

 

22nd: B pool Swans trumped main pool Swans 7 to 2. Newly fledged Blue Tit chick on back path. P.Lichfield

 

19th: Pair of Garganey still, Dunlin, 2 LRP, 3 Oystercatcher. Moocher, Sam, P.Lichfield.

18th: Pair of Garganey on Main Pool, Greenshank still on B pools. P.Lichfield

 

17th: B-Pools; Pair of Garganey, Greenshank, Ringed Plover, 4 Teal, 4 Shoveler. Family party of 7 Raven! Female Cuckoo dropped into reedbed. 2 Water Rail below B hide. Turtle Dove !!!!!! In scrub next to newly seeded patch behind Riverwalk hide. Gone out of view but likely feeding on scattered seed for new crops. 10:45. Pete Sofley

16th: Fourth brood of Goosander on the Tame this one of 4 newly hatched young was just upstream of the sewage works by Martin Cross ( broods of 12,2,5 and 4 so at least 23 young so far this spring). Swans below Riverwalk hide hatched 2 cygnets over night. Cuckoo, C. Tern, 2 Hobby & LRP on B pool in a.m. 2 C. Tern over main pool in p.m. P. Lichfield. 1600-1635 2 Red Kite one over Riverwalk then up in thermals > W 2nd bird (tatty individual) behind Bittern hide eating/plucking on the wing. 2 Ravens, 2 Peregrine. Pete Sofley

 

15th: Common Tern spent 2 hours sleeping & preening on new raft from midday before flying off. Also 2 Hobby, LRP, Cuckoo & pr. of Shovelers still. P. Lichfield

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14th: Pair of Shoveler & 2 Redshank on B scrape. Hobby & Cuckoo over. “Great White” Carp spawning below B hide. P.Lichfield. A good time to see Otter at B with fish spawning in the shallows which brings the Otters in, the gulls feeding on half eaten fish.

 

13th: Fishery Lane from car park – 2 Lesser Whitethroat, a pair of Grey Wagtail with at least 2 juvs. 3rd brood of Goosander of 5 –  already 2 and 12 this season. 2 Ringed Plover the only new waders in. No sign of Oystercatcher chicks. No Lapwing chicks yet. Increase of Reed Warblers in the main reedbed. Pete Sofley

12th: Pair of Hobby, Peregrine, 6 Buzzard, 2 Raven, Water Rail, Grasshopper Warbler, Redshank, Steve Cawthray. Sparrowhawk predating a Jackdaw at Hide A, Pete Lichfield.

 

11th: Spotted Flycatcher to start the day (just down from the car park) was our 140th species of the year, only two species less than the whole of last year. 2 Hobby also the first large dragonfly of the year – a Broad-bodied Chaser (f). P. Lichfield

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10th: Grey Plover flew off from the reserve at 7am. Possible Honey Buzzard circled over the reserve and headed off west, Pete Sofley. Marsh Harrier dropped in ahead of thunderstorm hunted over the main reedbed and B pools and made repeated dives, staying down for some time. 15:00-16:15 at least. Gave some great views particularly from B hide when did some close flybys. Pics by P. Lichfield Found by KJB/PL. Common Sandpiper still B pools. Couple of Dunlin and Ringed plover dropped in during the day. 3 Redshank, 4 Oystercatcher, 4 LRP. Otter again on B pools swimming towards the channel and on the sluice at the northern end being mobbed by gulls mid afternoon. Pete Sofley

 

9th: 19 Dunlin (different birds from yesterday), later to be flushed by a Peregrine, 3 Whimbrel flew high over Whitacre Heath. 2 Common Terns back on the rafts, Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Hobby, Yellow Wagtail, Cuckoo, P.Sofley, S.Cawthray.

8th: 4 summer-plumaged Knot and 42 Dunlin on B pool scrapes!!!! (41 schinzii race Dunlin, 1 alpina). 10 Redshank, 4 LRP, 2 Oystercatchers, 3 Teal, male Shoveler, 2 Cuckoo, P.Sofley.

7th: Otter in front of B hide this evening moving through reeds and freaking out the Coots, R.Walker. Dunlin, 2 LRP and Cuckoo also. Good views of Tawny Owl along track to car park at dusk, P.Sofley.

5th: Oystercatchers below Riverwalk Hide have successfully hatched at least 2 chicks. Both Greenshank and Redshank still on B pool scrape, P. Lichfield. 3 Little Ringed Plover from B Hide. Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Egyptian Goose from the Riverwalk Hide, James Kenny.

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4th: Today Ladywalk took part in the spring edition of the West Midlands All Day Bird Race and won! 102 species were recorded beating our previous best of 96 species and breaking through the tough 100 barrier. We equalled the day total of the legendary Titchwell RSPB in Norfolk who were also counting today, quite an achievement. HIghlights were a superb male Pied Flycatcher at Church Pool Covert, Sam Frost and the unexpected return of the Spotted Redshank but this time on the Eon meadows where it must have been hiding, Pete Sofley. A report of the day will feature in an upcoming West Midlands Bird Club Bulletin.

3rd: Summer-plumaged Dunlin in New Bay, Greenshank and Redshank still on B pool scrapes, Sand Martins putting on a good display, P.Lichfield.

 

2nd: Whinchat at Eon Meadows south of the car park and the first Hobby of the year, Steve Cawthray. Greenshank & Redshank still on B scrape with dozens of hawking Sand Martin. Cuckoo singing in the rain. Male Pochard on Main Pool for a short time. P. Lichfield At 15:30 the first of the year – 10 Swifts flew north over B pools, Pete Sofley.

April

30th: Greenshank, Redshank. Pete Lichfield

 

29th: B- woods/pools – Wood Warbler singing and 2 Cuckoo. Spotted Redshank, Redshank, Snipe Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Gropper, singing Skylark and Mistle Thrush across the river. Grey Wagtail on the River Tame below the car park, Pete Sofley.

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28th: Spotted Redshank and two Greenshank still busy feeding on new scrapes and been around a few days so must be good feeding. Also 5 Snipe on both pools, 3 Oystercatcher, 3 LRP, 12 Lapwing. Skylark singing Whitacre side of river. 8+ Teal still but no Shoveler. 3 Cuckoo 2m/1f, Pete Sofley. Siskin over calling, 4 Common Tern flew through, Ben Eaton.

27th: 2 Greenshank, Redshank, Spotted Redshank, 2 Little Egrets, Oystercatchers mating, Kevin Whiston, Sam.

26th: Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, Redshank, Ben Eaton. 2 Dunlin, Ringed Plover, 4 LRP, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Snipe swimming, 2 Water Rail below B hide. On the Tame/Blythe junction there were 12 newly hatched Goosander being harassed by LBBG, Pete Sofley.

25th: Short-eared Owl behind B pools bund on eastern side at 06:50. Egyptian Goose on both pools were first for the year. B pools – Quiet for waders this morning, 4 Little Egret, 3 Teal, 2 Shoveler, Cuckoo, 2 Water Rail. Afternoon: Spotted Redshank returned with the 2 Greenshank, Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, Redshank, Pete Sofley.

24th: Great day for reserve – 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 1 Redshank, Ben Eaton, Dave Eaton. 5 Snipe, 3 LRP, 2 Dunlin, Ringed Plover, 12 Lapwing, male Marsh Harrier ,2 Peregrine, 8 Goosander, 12 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 2 Shelduck, Common Tern, 3 Yellow Wag, 2 Gropper, 3 Cuckoo, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, Pete Sofley.

23rd: Short-eared Owl hunting along the river at 5am plus Grasshopper Warbler reeling, Kevin Whiston. Wood Sandpiper still.

22nd: Early start was very productive with all 10 warbler species now on the reserve. Main reedbed full of warblers – 2/3 Lesser Whitethroat either end of the main reedbed, 2 Groppers. 2 Cuckoo, Wood Sandpiper, 2 LRP, 10+ Lapwing, 4 Oystercatcher, Yellow Wagtail on the main marsh. 8 Teal in Riverwalk Bay, Pete Sofley. Red Kite following the river south at 7:30pm, Pete Forbes.

21st: Wood Sandpiper on B Pool Flash, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Grasshopper Warbler, Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Cuckoo, J&P Fincham. 3 Shelduck, 2 Little Egret, 5 Oystercatcher, Goosander, J.Kenny. Yellow Wagtail north along river, Ben Eaton. 3 Oystercatcher, Snipe and pics P.Lichfield.

 

20th: The first Cuckoo, Dave Phillips. Short-eared Owl around Bittern Hide again at 7pm, Katherine White.

18th: 2 Whimbrel on the main marsh, flew out late afternoon, D.A.D. Short-eared Owl again over B pools at 17:53 and then hunting over the main reedbed, Kevin Whiston. Pics by Pete Lichfield. 3 Green Sandpiper, Snipe, 4 LRP, 2 Oystercatcher, 5 Lapwing, 1 Yellow Wagtail flew over, 3 Meadow Pipit, male Wheatear, 5 Wigeon, Pete Sofley. Grasshopper Warbler reeling, Matt Pollock.

 

 

17th: Short-eared Owl was seen at 12:00pm in the main reedbed and then dropped down behind Bittern Hide, female Wheatear on the main marsh on the brash pile in Crake Corner. Grasshopper Warbler reeling from scrub next to the main reedbed, 4 Cetti’s Warblers, 3 LRP, 2 Water Rail, Steve Cawthray. Tree Pipit flew low northbound over Bittern Hide at 18:00, 5 Wigeon, Pete Sofley. 3 Green Sandpiper, Snipe, Steve Haynes.

16th: Short-eared Owl hunting around Bittern Hide for 40 minutes at dusk, @Lucy_Lapwing. B- pools –Jack Snipe flushed from large island by male Sparrowhawk. Green Sandpiper and 2 LRP. Main Pool- 2 Redshank, 2 LRP, Snipe, Pr Wigeon. Still good numbers of duck 20+ Teal, 30+ Shoveler. 8 Goosander on river. Pete Sofley, Ben Eaton.

15th: Redstart still present at Angling Pool and fly-over Yellow Wagtail, Pete Sofley. Our first Sedge Warbler at B hide this morning plus Reed Warbler, Ben EatonWhite Wagtail, Green Sandpiper, 3 Meadow Pipit and 10+ Pied Wag, Pete Lichfield, Ken Bentley.

14th: Redstart calling from Angling Pools, first Garden Warbler at B pools, Steve Cawthray. Another Garden Warbler at Whitacre Pool, BV. Snipe in front of Bittern Hide, 4 LRP on B pool islands & scrape with another one in Crake Corner. Pr Oystercatcher, Pr of Wigeon & 4 Little Egret on Main Pool. 2 Pr of Goosander on the river. P. Lichfield

 

13th: First Reed Warbler and Whitethroat, 8 Willow Warblers, 12 Chiffchaff, 18 Blackcap. Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 2 LRP, 2 Oys, Water Rail, Kingfisher, Shelduck, Mistle Thrush on the paddocks. Ben Eaton

10th: Unusual calling Chiffchaff near bee hives this morning possible Siberian? Further influx of Willow Warbler(4) ,Blackcap(14+), 1 Redwing still. B Pools – 3 Redshank, 1 Green Sand, 5 LRP , 124 BH Gull almost entirely 2nd Summer birds with a few adults showing interest in the tern raft, Pete Sofley.

9th: Dunlin, Ringed Plover, 3 LRP, Green Sandpiper, & 2 Oystercatcher on B scrape. Also 1 LRP in Crake corner, P. Lichfield. Red Kite over Hide A at 11:17am, DAD.

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8th: The new scrapes at B pools proving popular with the LRP’s at least 5 on reserve again today. Numbers fluctuating daily but up to 7 birds. P. Lichfield

7th: 3 Little Ringed Plover highly mobile on B plus 4 in Crake Corner. 2 Redshank dropped onto Main Pool mid-afternoon. 3 Oystercatcher between the pools, P. Lichfield.

6th: First brood of 9 Mallard ducklings on the river. 2 Redshank, 2 LRP & Green Sandpiper on B scrape. Another 3 LRP Crake Corner. Several Sand Martin & Swallow over the river. 3 Blackcap & too many to count Chiffs around reserve. Willow Warbler, 2 House Martin, c.30 Sand Martin. P.Lichfield. Barn Owl calling by Hide A, logbook.

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5th: Wheatear below Bittern Hide at 2pm. 2 Redshank, 3 LRP & Green Sandpiper on B Scrape. Pair of Oystercatchers still on Main Pool. P. Lichfield.

 

4th: ‘B’ woods – Brambling and 2 Redwing still, 3 Blackcap, 1 Willow warbler. ‘B’ pools- 1 Green Sand , 4 LRP, 11 Pied Wagtail and 1 Meadow pipit on islands. Pete Sofley

3rd: 2 Willow Warbler behind A hide, Blackcap along track, Cetti’s below B hide, Chiffs everywhere; 3 LRP, 2 Redshank,Green Sandpiper on B pool; 4 Oystercatcher on Main ~Pool; 6 Shelduck between 2 pools; 5 Goosander on river. P. Lichfield

2nd: 12 Swallow & 6 Sand Martin over river; 2 LRP, Green Sandpiper & 4 Shelduck still on B pool; Little Egret, Pr of Oystercatcher & 4 Greylags on Main Pool; 6 Goosander on river. P. Lichfield

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1st: Siskin & Brambling (both female) on A feeders; Green Sandpiper, 5 Shelduck on B pool; pair of Oystercatchers & 2 Little Egret on Main pool; 4 Sand Martins over river. Highlight was handsome male Sparrowhawk posing below A hide. Pete Lichfield, Ken Bentley. Late evening at least 6 Little Ringed Plover possibly 7! On B pools islands. Highest spring total I’ve ever had here. Redshank still too and 30 Sand Martin > north. Pete Sofley

 

March

31st: First Swallows recorded over the weekend.

30th: Blackcap below car park, lots of singing Chiffchaffs, 2 LRP & Green Sandpiper on B scrapes, Pr Oystercatcher. Pr. Shelduck, 3 Pr Goosander. First Banded Demoiselle of the year at Ladywalk (May normal time for them to emerge?) P. Lichfield

 

29th: Jack Snipe flushed from B pool islands during manintenance work, John Alton. The new scrapes at B really taking shape as the depth of water seems to be good. Green Sandpiper today being able to wade in most of the shallow areas and LRP’s and Lapwings have taken up residence. Which after losing there habitat with mega factory on Hams Hall is just in time, Pete Sofley.

28th: Jack Snipe in New Bay, 14 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 4 Cetti’s Warbler, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Marsh & Willow Tits, pair of Peregrine, Raven, 7 Snipe, 2 Little Egret. Steve Cawthray. Young Otter at B pools with 2 LRP and Green Sandpiper, Dave Eaton.

27th: Meadow Pipit f/o, 3 greylags f/o , Little Egret , Oystercatcher and 2 Lapwings on B pool, 50+ Shoveler dropped in around 13.15 and 2 Shelduck dropped in to A pool, Kevin Whiston. 2 Redshank on new scrapes at B pools and 1 Sand Martin 1 Green sandpiper on Blythe/Tame junction, J&J Morris.

26th: Winter level for sluice on B pools was dropped yesterday so hopefully get some more exposed mud by end of week. 2 Little Ringed Plover on B pools this afternoon. Pete Sofley

25th: Red Kite hanging around from 0830-0900 then drifted off over to Whitacre Heath. 10+ Buzzard, 3 Raven, 2 Peregrine, 3 Sand Martin >North at 0850. Female Stonechat near Bittern Hide. 10+ Chiffchaff, 3 Siskin, 5 Redwing ,18 Fieldfare,1 Grey Wagtail. 9 Goosander on River Tame. Willow Warbler singing at 13:00 from B pool woods. Pete Sofley

23rd: Great set of images of the Avocet. It stayed until 1.45pm then flew down river. Ken Bentley, Pete Lichfield. Also Dunlin, Redshank, 2 Shelduck, 8 Goosander, 4 Little Egret. Ben Eaton

 

18th: Blackcap at car park and on the main reserve. 8 Chiffchaff , 18 Redwing, 2 Meadow Pipit. 3 Water Rail at B pools.

17th: 2-3 Sand Martins.

15th: 4 Pochard (3m,1f) on B pool, 5 Shelduck between 2 pools, 4 pr. Goosander between pools & river, Pr of Oystercatcher on Main Pool, Willow Tits on A & B feeders. P. Lichfield 2-3 Sand Martins.

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11th: Stonechat in the main reedbed, Siberian Chiffchaff still around the newly cleared pools next to Rudd Pool, Mark Seargant. Plenty of Common Chiffchaffs singing. Small flocks of Redwing and Fieldfare first thing.

10th: Willow Tit on B Hide feeders, Rob Strong.

8th: 2 Sand Martins over the river, Steve Cawthray.

7th: Female Marsh Harrier at 16:00 over the main reedbed being mobbed by crows, James Kenny, Paula. Flock of 23 Snipe off flooded fields behind Bittern Hide, circled B pools then dropped back into flooded field on the other side of the river. 8 Goosander, 4 Shelduck,4 Pochard and still over c.200 Wigeon, P.Sofley.

6th: 300 Wigeon, 13 Goosander, 2 Shelduck, Pochard. 150 Teal, 100 Gadwall, 2 Little Egret at B pools, Steve Cawthray.

4th: 10 Shelduck on Main pool plus 3 on B pools. Pintail (f) on B, pair of Oystercatcher & 8 Goosander, P.Lichfield.

 

1st: Ringed Plover, 3 Little Egret, Peregrine, Willow Tit, Goldcrest, singing Chifchaff, Cetti’s Warbler, Redwings, Siskin, Redpoll, Water Rail, Steve Cawthray.

February

28th: Male Blackcap on the car park feeders with Siskins and Redpolls.

27th: Male Stonechat, BLK.

25th: Siberian Chiffchaff showing down to few metres behind Riverwalk Hide. On B Pools – male Pintail still, 77 Shoveler and 200+ Wigeon dropped into Main Pool from Lea Marston. Tawny and Little Owl on the way out along main track at dusk. Small number of Bats hawking along river. Brimstone, Peacock and Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell reported today, Pete Sofley.

24th: Fog lifted by 12:30 to reveal Common Gull, Pintail (m), 2 pairs of Pochard, pair of Goosander & Little Egret on B pool. Further 4 Little Egret & Goosander (m) on Main Pool plus a pairr Goosander on the river. Peregrine on car park pylon. P. Lichfield. Green Sandpiper, 3 Chiffchaffs – James Timms.

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21st: 2 Woodcock, Pete Sofley. Crossbill over, R.Walker. 2 Chiffchaff singing, Neil Duggan. The first Brimstones out along the river.

20th:  2 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Peregrine, 4 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, Mandarin, Goosander, 2 Pochard, Pete Sofley. Siberian Chiffchaff, 6 Chiffchaff, 8 Redpoll, 12 Siskin, Steve Cawthray.

18th: 4 Mandarin, Shelduck, 8 Goosander, 6 Pochard, 5 Snipe, 3 Woodcock & 4 Little Egret, P Sofley. 3 Brambling, Richard King.

17th: Female Red-Breasted Merganser, Paul Casey. From Riverwalk Hide at 2.30pm before flying South at 2.50pm. A long overdue first for the reserve!

14th: Male Pintail on B pools, 3 Little Egret. Mark Cottingham

13th: Pintail, Pochard(7),  Goosander(7), Little Egret(1), Chiffchaff(8), Marsh Tit(2), Willow Tit(3), Siskin(7) and a Red Kite on Hams Lane, Richard Walker.

12th: Male Pintail, Shelduck, Little Egret, Janet James.

11th: 2 Pink-footed Geese flew north at 08:55. B-pools Pintail (m), Pochard(f), 6 Goosander, 300+ Wigeon flew in from north on to Main Pool. 3 Cetti’s Warblers. Rudd Pools bushes teeming with insects and full of Chiffchaffs – at least 6 Common and 2 Siberian early afternoon. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker drumming from Whitacre Pool. Marsh Tit singing behind B Hide. Willow Tits singing at Riverwalk, Rudd pool and 4 birds in woodland between A-B Hides where we finished the final coppicing for season with HS2, Pete Sofley and team.

10th: 2 Pintail, 12 Goosander, 250 Wigeon, 200 Teal, Siberian Chiffchaff, 4 Common Chiffchaff, 12 Siskin, Marsh & Willow Tit, 2 Raven. Steve Cawthray

8th: Hide B – Water Rail, Little Egret, pair of Goosanders, Shelduck, Pintail. Dave Eaton.

7th: Great White Egret briefly and male Pintail on B pools, Pete Sofley.

6th: B-Pools – Bittern 3 times in flight,  male Pintail, 8 Pochard, Great Crested Grebe, 3 Water Rail, 3 Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Willow & 2 Marsh Tit, 3 Little Egret. River – Siberian Chiffchaff , 5 Common Chiffchaff, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. Hide A woods – 25+ Siskin/Redpoll & female Brambling, 2 Willow Tit. Pete Sofley, Dave Eaton, Ken Summers.

4th: Bittern dropped into reeds right of Hide B just up the channel at 16:10 and roosted. PS/SLC. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker drumming at Riverwalk Copse, Siberian Chiffchaff at the double gates and at least 7 Common Chiffchaff on Main Reserve. Snipe dropped into bay and 19 Lapwing returned to roost. 10 Goosander south at dusk. B Pool – Pintail (m), 5 Shelduck, Water Rail below hide. Main Pool – Pr. Goosander, Water Rail, Little Egret, Mandarin Duck (m), & GC Grebe entangled in plastic mesh from which it later escaped. P. Lichfield

3rd: Both pools 95% frozen again but 5 Mandarin (3m & 2f) braved the cold! 2 Snipe & Willow Tit, Pete Sofley. Siberian-type Chiffchaff and 5 Chiffchaff along the entrance track, 25 Redpoll in birches opposite the car park, John Harris.

2nd: 3 Common Snipe in New Bay, 8 Goosander between Main Pool and the river, Raven, 7 Redwing, Willow Tit and a pair of Bullfinch on “A” feeders. PL/ KS

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1st: First Oystercatcher of the year on the island in front of “A” hide, 2 pairs of Mandarin, Goldcrest, Willow Tit, Redwings. P. Lichfield

 

January

31st: 2 Siberian and at least 4 Common Chiffchaff, Goldcrest along track below car park gate. Willow & Marsh Tit on “A” feeders. Raven, Kingfisher. Both pools 95% frozen but clear water on Main Pool packed with ducks especially Wigeon and a pair of Mandarin. P. Lichfield, Rob.

 

30th: Great White Egret, 2 Goosander, 2 Pochard, 300-400 Wigeon and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker reported, Pete Sofley, Pete Lichfield.

29th: Pair of Mandarin roosted, J & P Fincham.

28th: A good day at reserve. Whooper Swan on B pools early on, Pete SofleyJack Snipe spent the afternoon at the front of New Bay, Ken Summers. 3 Common Snipe ,4 Water Rail, Green Sandpiper on the river, 4 Mandarin (2m/2f roosted), 5 Goosander on the river, 4 Little Egrets, c.200 Wigeon, 2 Siberian Chiffchaff, 2 Chiffchaff , Woodcock, 2 Raven. Pics by Pete Lichfield.

 

27th: Drake Pintail on Main Pool, J & P Fincham. Chiffs & Goldcrest along path from carpark; 3 Siskin, Willow & Marsh Tits on “A” Feeders; Raven over Main Pool; 90+ Teal, 2 pr of Pochard & Shelduck(m) on B pool; another pr of Pochard on Main Pool with a pair of Goosander and another Goosander (f) on river. P. Lichfield + SLC

25th: 6 Chiffchaff at double gates with a Siberian. 500+ Golden Plover swirling distantly around Hogrill’s End. 2 Snipe on the pools, Pete Sofley. 4 Mandarin roosted (2m,2f), SMH.

25th: 5 Mandarin roosted (4m,1f) J & P Fincham. 

22nd: Great White Egret on both pools between noon & 12.15pm then again on B pool at 1 pm. Snipe, Little Egret, Pr Goosander, 2 Pochard (f). The “Goofy” Jay on “A” feeders again. P.Lichfield

 

21st: WeBS count; Swan 7, Canada 26, Mallard 168, Gadwall 214, Shoveler 22, Wigeon 85, Teal 202, Pochard 9, Tufted 76, Goosander 1, Mandarin 4, L Grebe 13, Cormorant 207, L Egret 1, Heron 15, Rail 1, Moorhen 55, Coot 69, Snipe 1, BHG 61, LBBG 3. 2 Willow Tits on A feeders also vocal at Angling and Rudd Pools and left of Riverwalk Hide. 10 Meadow Pipits on the marsh, c.70 Linnet/Goldfinch at the car park at dusk. c.80 Lapwing over to Shustoke. Chiffchaff totals for the day: 2 Sibs and 8 Chiffs, Ben Eaton, Arthur Bladon, John Harris.

20th: Dunlin, Pintail, pair of Peregrines, Chiffchaff. Steve Cawthray

18th: Cream-crown Marsh Harrier over the main reedbed being mobbed by a Peregrine, Raven and a Crow, 3pm. Spent the rest of the day around the reserve. Also Lesser Spotted Woodpecker at the northern sluice, 3 Cetti’s Warblers, 3 Water Rail, 2 Peregrine, Pete Sofley, Dave Eaton. Yellow-legged Gull, Mealy Redpoll with 20 Lessers around the woodyard, Siberian Chiffchaff and Common Chiffchaff, Steve Cawthray.

16th: Green Sandpiper on the river behind Rudd Hide, J & P Fincham.

15th: Goldcrest at Hide A with Willow Tit on the feeders. Lesser Redpoll in bath below B hide Marsh Tit on Feeders. Shelduck & 3 Pochard B pool +3 on Main pool. Peregrine on car park pylon. Great White Egret flew over approx. 1pm per DAD. Silent Siberian Chiffchaff typ, 2 Common Chiffchaffs and a Willow Tit by the cleared dried pools, Ben Eaton.

14th: Great White Egret roosted and left at 7:30am, Siberian Chiffchaff, Brambling and Woodcock, Pete Sofley. Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Peregrine, Marsh & Willow Tit. Pete Lichfield & Ken Bentley

 

13th: Great Egret on Main Pool, R.Walker.

11th: Pair Of Mandarin viewable from Hide A, pair of Shelduck, 5 Pochard, Little Egret, Cetti’s Warbler, Peregrine. Pete Lichfield

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10th: 30+ Golden Plover flew over, 200+ Lapwing, Woodcock flew over Bittern Hide, Peregrine, Tawny Owl calling from car park, Kevin Whiston.

9th: Pair of Mandarin late afternoon on Main Pool, Pete Lichfield. 2 Woodcock on the ground at first light up to Hide A, flyover Raven, 2 Chiffchaff, Ben Dolan. 230 Cormorant roosted with a single Little Egret. 2 Goosander, 9 Pochard, 7 Snipe in New Bay.

8th: c.60 Golden Plover flew through, 2 Mandarin, 15 Snipe, 2 Willow Tit, 6 Pochard, 17 Grey Heron, Little Egret, R.Walker & Pete Lichfield.

7th: Siberian Chiffchaff along entrance track, Steve Cawthray. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker heard only along Riverwalk twice – in the copse at 08:50 PS & at Rudd Pool at 14:30 JBH. 7 Mandarin (4m/3f), 18 Pochard. Pair of Pintail early on, JLA. Great White Egret over at 08:40 from Eon meadows to the main reserve.

6th: 5 Mandarins, 14 Snipe, 2 Shelduck, 7 Goosander, 260+ Lapwing, Peregrine, R.Walker, Pete Lichfield, Ken Bentley.

 

5th: Great White Egret briefly on Main Pool, 3 Mandarin (2m,1f), 9 Pochard, Peregrine, 15 Meadow Pipits over, Ben Eaton. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker at the north end of the brook near the river, J&P Fincham.

3rd: 4 Snipe in New Bay. Willow & Marsh Tits on Hide A feeders, Pete Lichfield, Ken Bentley, Kevin Whiston. 122 Lapwing on B pools, Common Gull, Pete Sofley. 2 Chiffchaff along entrance track and a Buzzard with Moorhen prey, John Harris.

1st: 7 Snipe in New Bay, 7 Pochard, 3 Goosander. Linnets behind Rudd and Willow & Marsh Tits on the feeders, Pete Lichfield & Ken Bentley.

December

21st: Woodcock in wet scrub at the end of the emergency road at Whitacre Pool. 4 Mandarin 2f/2m came in to roost on islands on Main Pool. Over 300+ Teal on site (225 in Riverwalk Bay) On the shortest day of the year there was a bat catching midges over the newly cleared pools along the river! Pete Sofley

20th: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker along the western ditch in logbook by Arthur Bladon. Siberian Chiffchaff halfway along track from car park with 4 Common Chiffchaffs. 3 Brambling flew from Riverwalk Copse into the paddocks. 100+ finch predominantly Chaffinch/Linnet between the Rudd-Riverwalk bird seed crops. 250+ Lapwing and 2 Snipe. Pete Sofley. Common Gull on B pool, 3 Shelduck & Pochard on Main Pool, 4 Goosander along river. Pete Lichfield

19th: Mealy Redpoll in a flock of 24 Lessers and Siskin. Brambling, pair of Mandarins, Willow & Marsh Tit and 2 Chiffchaffs. Steve Cawthray

18th: Late news. Male Mandain on Main Pool islands, David Dennis.

17th: Car park was the hot spot today with 15 species on or around feeders including all 6 Tits. Also several Chiffchaffs along entrance track including one with very pale legs. P. Lichfield. Willow Tit benefiting from the 3 feeding stations. Thanks to Dave Eaton, Steve Cawthray and Ken Bentley.

 

16th: 2 Siberian & 4 Common Chiffchaffs, Goldcrest, Willow Tit, 27 Linnet, 4 Mandarin, Shelduck. Steve Cawthray

14th: Siskin on car park feeders. Pair of Shelduck on B pool and an ice skating Water Rail below the hide. P. Lichfield

 

13th: Woodcock influx this week. Another two today, one along car park track at dusk Ben Eaton and another near large willow at double gates. With Monday’s four and these two in different areas, there could easily be double figures on the reserve. 2 Egyptian Geese on the main marsh with the Canada’s. Pete Sofley

12th: Siberian Chiffchaff down the track to main gate from car park plus 2 Common Chiffchaff. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker behind B Hide. Brambling behind Hides A and B, up to 3 (2m/1f ) have been in the wild bird crop next to Rudd Pool in the last week. Pete Sofley, Steve Cawthray.

10th: WeBS; Swan 8, Canada 39, Shelduck 1, Mallard 159, Gadwall 173, Pintail 1, Shoveler 104, Wigeon 46, Teal 224, Pochard 4, Tufted 29, Goosander 2, L Grebe 5, Cormorant 300, Heron 15, WRail 3, Moorhen 37, Coot 104, Lapwing 206, Woodcock 4, BHG 60, LBBG 2, Kingfisher 2. Ben Eaton, Pete Sofley, John Alton.

7th: 9 Goosander (3m) on Main Pool; Pr Pochard, Shelduck (f), Pintail (f), & 2 Water Rail on “B” pool; Willow & Marsh Tits on “A” feeders. P. Lichfield

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5th: Siberian Chiffchaff, 4 Common Chiffchaff along the river, 3 Brambling, 18 Redpoll, Willow Tit. Steve Cawthray.

4th: Pintail (female) on B pools, 4 Pochard. P.Lichfield

3rd: B Pool: 3 pr Pochard, pr Shelduck, pr Goosander & Pintail (f). Also Grey Wagtail “white water rafting” on river in flood. P. Lichfield

 

November

30th: B pools – 3 Shelduck were new in. 3 Pochard 1m/2f. 200+ Lapwing roosted, Little owl calling right of Hide B at dusk. Pete Sofley

29th: Increase in Lapwing with 250+ on both pools and 200+ Teal. Great to see islands full of duck/waders particularly on B pools. Main pool – 2m Mandarin, 2m/2f Goosander, 1m Pochard. 2 Chiffchaff in nettles below A Hide. PL/PS

27th: Main pool 13:45 – Female Red-crested Pochard, 3 Mandarin (2m/1f) flew in probably due to rising river levels. Pete Sofley

25th: Mandarin (m), Pochard (m), 2 Little Egret & 36 Lapwing on Main Pool; Shelduck on B pool & 2 Raven over car park. P. Lichfield

 

22nd: Mealy Redpoll in birches behind A Hide/Rudd pool. Lessers in groups of 15-20 birds but upto 50 birds. 13:45 3 Willow Tit,3 Chiffchaff, 25 Chaffinch on seed crop next to Rudd Hide. Pr Red-crested Pochard on main pool ( roosted on island below Riverwalk Hide), Pete Sofley.

21st: 6 species of Tit, 1200 Jackdaw, 200 Starling roosted. Little Owl and Woodcock at dusk. Sand Martin recorded in log book but no observer details, Steve Cawthray.

18th: Pair of Pintail in the logbook. 4 Snipe, Mark Cottingham.

16th: Pair of Mandarins on Main Pool, Dave Eaton.

12th: Bit of a Brambling influx at the feeding stations today. At least 4 today included a female on B hide feeders and birds in trees at A Hide and at car park feeders. 2 female Pintail on Main Pool, 3 Pochard 2f/1m on B pool, 2 redhead Goosander, 3 Green Sand on new flashes. Pete Sofley

10th: Dunlin, 2 Green Sand, 110 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, L Egret, Water Rail, Chiff, Cettis, 2 Siskin, 6 sp. Tit. Steve Cawthray

9th: Great White Egret on B pools at dusk, Green Sandpiper, 4 Snipe. Dave Eaton

8th: Great White Egret this morning up till 10:00 at B pools. 2 Green Sand, 4 Snipe,3 Mandarin on main pool, 4 redhead Goosander, Kev Whiston/Ken Bentley. Little Owl calling from Eon meadows. 2 Yellowhammer in Pheasant crop on Hams Lane.Pete Sofley

5th: Great White Egret at 10:55 and then flew north, J&J Morris.

4th: Great White Egret left of B Hide & Willow Tit on feeders, Dave Hutton.

3rd: 12 Goosanders – 7 Main pool, 4 B pool & 1 on river. Green Sandpiper on B pool scrape again. P. Lichfield

2nd: 15 Fieldfare, 4 Redwings, 2 Skylarks, Little Egret, 2 Stonechats, Green Sandpiper, Sparrowhawk, lots of Buzzards from B Hide, Common Gull and Snipe, Kevin Whiston.

1st: Bittern at 11:10 in flight from B hide then at 12:20 in front reeds at B pools but only visible from Riverwalk Hide. It didn’t fly out at dusk so roosted in B pools reeds to the left of Hide A. Little Owl calling from the ringing area in main reedbed at dusk. Female Pintail still, male Pochard, Green Sandpiper and 108 Lapwing. PL, KJB, SLC, PS.

October

31st: First BITTERN of the autumn! Flew from main reedbed across B pools into the channel left of Hide B at 12:30, P. Lichfield. A pair of Stonechat were on the reeds left of Bittern Hide, female Pintail, Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, Common Gull, 2 Raven, 20+ Meadow Pipits and 3 Skylark over, B.Eaton.

30th: 2 Little Owls calling from either side of the main marsh at dusk – first record for the year. Crossbill flew south at 15:45. Common Sandpiper along river. c.40 Redpolls over the woodyard, Raven, 2 Willow Tits. 248 Cormorants roosted, c.25 Reed Buntings roosted in reeds at Keyhole Scrape, c.30 Redwing roosted behind hide and c.100 Pied Wagtails flew over to roost on the industrial site.

29th: Female Pintail, 4 Snipe, Peregrine, female Pochard, 60 Lapwing, Siskin, Redpoll and Skylark over in small numbers, James Kenny, Pete Sofley.

27th: Great White Egret briefly this am before flying off north, Snipe on the islands in front of B hide, 3 Pochard (2m,1f) in Crake Corner, Marsh & Willow Tits on Hide A feeders and Redwings behind wood yard. PL/KJB

 

25th: 2 Great White Egrets flying high downstream, 2 Green Sandpipers on new B pool scrapes, 3 Snipe (1 on islands infront of B Hide & 2 in Crake Corner), Marsh & Willow Tit on Hide A feeders, P. Lichfield.

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23rd: High numbers of wintering duck (Shoveler, Teal, & Wigeon) mostly lazing about but some playing “chase the lady!” P. Lichfield

22nd: F/O Brambling and Yellowhammer over northern picnic bench. 3 Skylark, 2 Snipe over ringing area, Pete Sofley. Pintail and 3 Snipe on Main Pool, Goosander on the river, 6 species of Tit on Hide A feeders. PL/KJB

 

21st: Pintail & 2 Snipe on Main Pool. Another Snipe on B pool with Pochard still, plus Herring Gull over. Goosander & Garganey on river behind Bittern Hide. P.Lichfield

20th: Rock Pipit flew over Sainsbury’s depot adjacent to Ladywalk, probably came from the reserve, Phil Taylor. 3 Pochard on the river near Riverwalk Hide, Mark Cottingham. Same or another Pochard on B pools, 2 Snipe. PL/KJB

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17th: Juvenile Garganey on B pool islands. Brambling and Redpoll over the woodyard mid-afternoon, Pete Sofley.

16th: Great White Egret at 17:25 flew south over Hogrills End. Perhaps the Marsh Lane bird going to roost? 187 Cormorant roosted, 9 redhead Goosander roosted on Main Pool islands. 1 Common Gull f/o towards Shustoke. c.100 Starling pre-roost and Pied Wagtail roost looks like starting to build up at Hams Hall estate, Pete Sofley.

15th: October WeBS count. See blog post for details.

13th: Female Pintail & Garganey still, 9 Goosander (7 on the river & 2 on Main Pool), 2 Snipe – 1 on each pool, Pete Lichfield, Ken Bentley, Mark Cottingham.

 

12th: Female Pintail, 4 Snipe, 4 Goosander, Redwing, Fieldfare, Marsh & Willow Tits on Hide A feeders, Richard Walker.

11th: Female Pintail still on Main Pool along with c.100 Wigeon, c.50 each of Shoveler and Teal. 24 Lapwing on B Pool and a Kingfisher along the back ditch. P. Lichfield

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Female Pintail (Pete Lichfield)

10th: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, female PintailJames Timms. Brambling flew over the wood yard, 2 Chiffchaff along footpath from the car park, Pete Sofley. Snipe, 3 Goosander Ken Bentley.

9th: Garganey and female Pintail noted in the books.

8th: Riverwalk Mound alive with incoming winter migrants! From 07:00-08:30; 300 Redwing in flocks of c.30, 28 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Brambling, 15 Redpoll, 18 Siskin, 43 Meadow Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail. Unexpected bonus of 2 Great White Egret flew over Hogrills End dropped into Whitacre Heath. A female Pintail was the first of the autumn and the long-staying Garganey remains, both on Main Pool. Pete Sofley.

7th: Another juvenile raptor on Hide A feeders this time a Sparrowhawk (6 passes but no strikes) and 3 male Great Spotted Woodpeckers, P. Lichfield.

5th: First Redwing of the autumn behind Hide A this afternoon. Willow Tit and Marsh Tit calling at the wood yard. 4 Raven and 3 Siskin flew over. Up to 8 Snipe and a Green Sandpiper this week. Pete Sofley/Pete Lichfield/Ken Bentley. Also nearby an Osprey was sighted on the River Tame from the A446 road bridge just south of the reserve, Andrew Evans.

3rd: Great White Egret on B pools, HH.

2nd: Juvenile Hobby perched happily on the front of Hide A allowing close up views and photos, Dave Eaton, Pete Solfley.

1st: Up to 8 Snipe on the reserve – 3 in Crake Corner & 5 on B pools. Willow & Marsh Tit on Hide A feeders. Juvenile Hobby hawking over Keyhole Scrape using hide & feeder posts as lookout perches. P. Lichfield (pics)/Ken Bentley.

 

September

28th: Female Merlin over the main marsh, Steve Cawthray.

27th: 3 Snipe in Crake Corner plus 1 on the newly created area of B pool along with a Green Sandpiper. 3 Ravens over. Pete Lichfield & Ken Bentley.

26th: Garganey still. Today it was in New Bay, Pete Lichfield.

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Garganey (Pete Lichfield)

25th: A cream-crowned Marsh Harrier flew over B pools at 8:30am, Clive Lee, Brian Richardson, Mike Royston.

24th: First frost this morning also the first Stonechat of the autumn in the main reedbed,1 Redpoll over with 5 Skylark. Up to 18 Siskin, Mistle Thrush, Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 6 Raven, Hobby, Peregrine, Common & Green Sandpipers. The long-staying Garganey was in New Bay below Riverwalk Hide and 7 Goosanders were on the River Tame, Pete Sofley.

21st: Flood brought in lots of duck including numerous Teal & Shoveler and a few Wigeon. Hundreds of hirundines were over the pools & river (mainly House Martins). Hobby on B pool & Marsh Tit on Hide A feeders, Pete Lichfield.

20th: Possible Spotted Crake calling at northern end of B pools between two bridges at 13:40 in dense reeds, Pete Sofley & John Alton. Water levels rising fast.

18th: Garganey, Common Tern (1st yr) and Common Sandpiper on Main Pool. Green Sandpiper & Hobby on B pool and Fulvous Whistling Duck on the river, Pete Lichfield.

 

15th: Common Sandpiper, Mark Cottingham.

14th: Green and Common Sandpiper, Snipe, 4 Little Egret, Hobby, Siskin flew over and Mistle Thrush reported, Steve Cawthray & Pete Liclfield. Cattle seem to have disappeared at Whitacre Heath , the herd at Lea marston bridge included 2 Yellow Wagtails and c.100 Starlings.

13th: 6 Little Egret and a Hobby, J&J Morris.

11th: 2 Garganey (female & eclipse male) on B pools this afternoon and over 100 each of Teal and Gadwall on both pools. 10 Wigeon, 18 Shoveler. Not bad considering we’ve been working on both pools over the last week. Green Sandpiper, 3 Hobbies ( 2ad/1 imm), 2 Yellow Wagtails and the first Siskin of the autumn, Pete Sofley.

10th: Garganey still on Rudd Pool, Greenshank on B pools til 07:00 when it flew off north. A trickle of 3 Yellow Wags, 2 Grey Wag, 8 Meadow Pipit, 8 Swallow all south-west. Green Sandpiper, 3 Hobbies and 4 Little Egret in the afternoon. Harvest Mouse nest found in the Main Reedbed, Pete Sofley.

9th: Otter! Along northeast edge of Main Pool at 07:40. Spooked a duck and then disappeared into the phragmites, Pete Sofley.

8th: West Midlands All Dayer. 90 species. Highlights; Marsh Harrier, Great White Egret, Garganey, Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redstarts, Grey Partridge. For the full list see the blog post.

6th: Greenshank dropped in after rain at about 4.30pm and a juvenile Peregrine went through the pools. Earlier in day  there was a Common Sandpiper and a few Snipe on Main Pool, Wigeon numbers up to 10, Steve Cawthray.

5th: 6 Wigeon, 7 Goosander. Quiet on the pools due to ongoing works, so looking ominous for Saturday with no waders present. Steady passage of Meadow Pipits pre-9am with 30+ birds heading SW with a smaller number of Pied, White, Grey and Yellow Wags. Pete Sofley. Hobby hawking over B pool at lunchtime. Whinchat on newly cut willow at front of meadow this pm, Pete Lichfield.

 

4th: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker again in riverside willows between Riverwalk Hide and Bittern Hide. Yellow Wags still around and 2 Wigeon have now moved on to Main Pool, Pete Sofley.

3rd: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in willow tree behind Rudd Hide and possibly a 2nd bird in Riverwalk copse at 07:00. 7 redhead Goosander roosted on Blythe/Tame island plus a Green Sandpiper and Grey Wagtail. At B pools the first returning Wigeon(2). Main Pool; 2 Greenshank flew over whilst working , Green Sandpiper, 6 Yellow Wagtail  flew over, Meadow Pipit.

1st: Highlight of the day was 2 Hobby hawking over the reserve. 6 Little Egrets, c.12 Lapwing, 5 Shoveler & c.12 Teal between the two pools. 2 Reed Warbler and a Whitethroat from A Hide, Pete Lichfield. Green Sandpiper and 2 Kingfisher, Mark Cottingham.

August

29th: Garganey on Main Pool from Riverwalk Hide. 3 Hobbies, 100+ Gadwall, 7 Shoveler, 35 Teal, Goosander. Green Sandpiper and Water Rail on North Pool. 17 Lapwing, Yellow Wagtail. The 3 Greenshank that were here for over a week finally departed perhaps the 3 that turned up at Brandon today? Pete Sofley, Pete Lichfield.

28th: 2 Greenshank, Yellow Wagtail. Dave Eaton, Pete Sofley.

27th: 3 Greenshank on Main Pool, 2 Yellow Wagtails on B pools, Pete Sofley.

26th: 3 Greenshank, Hobby. Richard Walker

25th: 3 Greenshank on Main Pool this morning (2 went to B pool in pm). Snipe & Green Sandpiper. Again 100’s of hirundines – mainly House Martins. Pete Lichfield

 

24th: 2 Greenshank still on Main Pool plus 3 Little Egret & Hobby. Many hirundines again over both pools & meadow, Pete Lichfield.

 

23rd: 2 Greenshank & 2 Little Egret on Main Pool, many hirundines hunting over newly mown meadow, 2 juvenile Reed Warbler and a Green Sandpiper below B hide, Pete Lichfield.

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Little Egret (Pete Lichfield)

22nd: Garganey on Main Pool from Riverwalk Hide, John Morris. The first Garganey for about 2 years. Immature Peregrine causing havoc but chased off by the 2 Greenshanks. Green Sandpiper and Snipe. Tree Pipit and Yellow Wagtail flew over the picnic bench at the northern end of the reserve, melanistic juvenile Grey Heron. Pete Lichfield, Pete Sofley.

21st: Wheatear on dried out, recently mown flashes to the right of Bittern Hide, David Dennis. Yellow Wagtail, JLA. 2 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, c.15 Lapwing, 3 Little Egrets, Pete Lichfield.

 

20th: Juvenile Wood Sandpiper still, 2 Greenshank, Matt Griffiths. Snipe, 15 Lapwing, Pete Lichfield.  Tree pipit on the edge of the reedbed ringing ride at 8am, 5 single Yellow Wagtailss flew over, Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Willow Tit, Pete Sofley.

17th: Pair of Common terns and the two fledged juv’s not been seen since Wednesday so fully fledged and departed now. Success all round! Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Snipe on Main Pool, 28 Teal, 7 Shoveler, 50+ House Martin, Pete Sofley.

16th: Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover and Snipe all on Main Pool, Hobby at 14:10, RJK.

15th: Wood Sandpiper still with 2 Green Sandpipers from Riverwalk Hide, Ben Eaton.

14th: Wood & Green Sandpiper, 24 Lapwing, 12 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 4 Little Egret, P. Lichfield. Whinchat just upstream on Tame from sewage works at the back of Beaver Metals, Marsh Lane, Water Orton, Martin Cross.

13th: Wood Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpipers, Snipe, Hobby, Pete Sofley, Richard Baker.

12th: Wood Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpipers, Common Sandpiper, 4 Little Egret, 3 Common Terns, lots of juvenile Chiffchaffs and a flock of 60 hirundines this morning, Steve Cawthray.

11th: Wood, Common & 2 Green Sandpiper, Dunlin, 2 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 7 Little Egret & Peregrine on Main Pool. Hobby on B pools.

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Wood Sandpiper (Pete Lichfield)

4th: 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, Peregrine, 2 Fulvous Whistling Ducks, Kingfisher, Water Rail, Richard Walker.

3rd: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, juvenile Water Rail, Green Sandpiper, Peter Forbes.

2nd: 3 Green Sandpipers & 1 Common on Main Pool plus 1 Green Sandpiper in Keyhole Scrape. The Terns are feeding the chicks regularly, Pete Lichfield.

 

1st: 6 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Lesser Black-backed Gull swallowed a Coot chick, Richard Walker, Pete Sofley.

July

31st: Hobby, Peregrine, 4 Snipe, 5 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, 6 Little Egret, Fulvous Whistling Duck, Pete Lichfield, Richard Walker. Ringed Plover reported, D.A.D.

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Snipe (Pete Lichfield)

30th: Wood Sandpiper (first of the year) calling in flight along the river behind B pools, couldn’t be relocated and may have carried on north. Common Sandpiper, 6+ Green Sandpipers, adult and juv Little Ringed Plover, Hobby over with c.100 mixed Martins. 20+ Teal, 3 Shoveler, Fulvous Whistling Duck. Plentyful evidence of breeding including juv Sparrowhawk and Kestrel. A large flock (30+) of waders possibly godwits flying distantly over Hogrill’s End and going north (15:05). PS & JLA.

29th: 5 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Green Sandpipers, 3 Fulvous Whistling Duck, Hobby, Cetti’s Warbler with young, Tawny Owls still showing on track, 8 Little Egret noted late evening. Kevin Whiston, Mark Cottingham, Richard Walker.

28th: All the action was at Hide A today with 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret, Reed Warbler and an immature Water Rail in Keyhole scrape. Influx of juveniles on the feeders including Nuthatch, Jay, Long-tailed Tit, Chiffchaff. The Common Tern chicks have trebled in size at least. 2 Fulvous Whistling Ducks on Main Pool, PL & KJB.

 

24th: Tawny Owl family again along the car park track including an adult bird dropping to the ground to hunt. 4 Green Sandpiper, 200+ Black-headed Gulls including 40 juvs but still no sign of any ringed birds. 25 Lapwing, juv Peregrine chased off by the Common Tern pair, Hobby through and 2 Fulvous Whistling Ducks have returned. Pete Sofley.

23rd: Great to see young Tawny Owls on the reserve today after few lean years. Found halfway along track from the car park to the main double gates. The Common Tern chicks are doing well and 3 extra adults and 1 juvenile Common Terns were on Main Pool. Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper. Dave Freeman and friends.

22nd: The Tern chicks survived their first(?) night & are being regularly fed by the parents. 3 juvenile Shelduck on Main Pool, Pete Lichfield.

 

21st: Pictures of our first ever Common Tern chicks on the raft at B pools. Other highlights included a Black-tailed Godwit on Main Pool plus 2 Green Sandpiper, 5 Little Egret, & a second pair of Terns on B pool. A juvenile Treecreeper joined Ken & I in B hide! Pete Lichfield.

 

18th: Highlight of the day was Hobby hawking over reserve before Terns chased it off. Pete Lichfield

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Hobby (Pete Lichfield)

17th: 2 immature Peregrine beating up B pool, Hobby briefly over the marsh, 4 Green Sandpiper in New Bay & upwards of 2 dozen young House Martin on wires over the river behind Riverwalk Hide. Similar number of Sand Martin along Riverwalk also with fledged young. Pete Lichfield.

16th: Grasshopper Warbler in meadow next to Whitacre Pool opposite Rudd Hide. 4 Green Sandpiper in New Bay from Riverwalk Hide. 100+ Black-headed Gulls ( 25 unringed juveniles), 3 pairs of Linnet with 2/3 juveniles each. Goldcrest with 3 fledglings. 4 Little Grebe chicks on B pools from 1/2 broods. Common Tern pair should hatch chicks anytime?? Pete Sofley, Pete Lichfield, Ben Eaton.

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Fledgling Goldcrest (Pete Lichfield)

15th: Both Great Crested Grebe chicks now hatched, Ken Bentley.

13th: One out of two Great Crested Grebe chicks have hatched, Pete Lichfield.

11th: 2 immature Peregrine beating up all & sundry on B pool providing lots of entertainment – well for me anyway!! Pete Lichfield. Immature Whitethroat behind Rudd Hide. Black-tailed Skimmer, Southern Hawker, Brown Hawker, Emperor Dragonfly and Common Blue Damselflies noted today, James Timms.

9th: 5 Green Sandpiper in New Bay early morning. Redshank, Common Sandpiper and juvenile Little Ringed Plover on Main Pool mid-afternoon. 75 Black-headed Gulls (6 juveniles unringed) 24 Lapwing, juvenile Peregrine.

8th: 3 Redshank on Main Pool, 5 Green Sandpiper and Snipe in New Bay. 10 Little Egrets ( 8 on B pool). The resident pair of Common Terns are still harassing all comers aided by a third bird. First brood of 5 Tufted Ducks on B pool, plenty of fledgling Reed Warblers at B reedbeds. Pete Lichfield, Ken Bentley, Ben Eaton.

6th: Greenshank, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Teal, 3 Shoveler & 4 Little Egret on B pool. 3 Green Sandpiper in New Bay, Pete Lichfield.

5th: Influx of 5 Green Sandpipers in bay below Riverwalk Hide. 3 Common Tern on B pools with another two new broods of Gadwall of 5+6 ( now a total of 6 broods, 44 ducklings so far) and 1 juvenile Peregrine flew over, Pete Sofley.

3rd: 11 Black-tailed Godwits, 10 flew off after pursuit by 2 juvenile Peregrines, with one left on Main Pool at 15:00. Peregrine also had go at the Common Terns but both birds turned the attack back on the Peregrine. Up 3 juvenile Peregrines on site, seen on car park pylon with the adult. Also on B pool – 4 Little Ringed Plovers, 3 Oystercatcher.

Over 1000+ plants in the main colony of our Marsh Helleborines (rarer form ochreleuca) now, in the glade behind B Hide. A new colony of 30+ plants has sprung up on the main marsh viewable from Hide A. Pete Sofley, Ben Eaton.

2nd: Ruff on the main shore at 08:30 by BV in logbook.

1st: Tern pair still in situ. Little Ringed Plover, 5 Little Egrets, Great Crested Grebes incubating 4 eggs on B pools. A new find for me on the reserve were 2 Red-eyed Damselfy in Keyhole Scrape. Silver Y on the marsh. Pete Lichfield.

 

June 

30th: Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Lapwing, 6 Shoveler, 3 Little Egret on B. 2 Teal in New Bay. The resident Tern pair chased off another pair. Pete Lichfield, Ken Bentley.

28th: This afternoon’s Black Tern was around from midday for at least an hour on Main Pool before being chased off by the resident Common tern and heading north. Richard King, pictures by Pete Lichfield.

 

27th: 8 Black-tailed Godwits added some extra colour to the day, found by John Crees early morning at B pools busy feeding and present into the afternoon. Pictures of Godwits and Gadwalls by Pete Lichfield. Gadwall broods still around. 2 Little Ringed Plover, Hobby, Cuckoo and 5 Shoveler at B pools.

 

26th: Yet another brood of Goosander on the river (4th brood and a total of 37 chicks so far) between Bittern & Riverwalk Hides. Another Gadwall brood, this time of 10 on Bpools ( 33 chicks so far in total). Good numbers of Reed Warblers busy feeding their young below B hide so nests not destroyed by flooding. Pair of Emperor Dragonflies hawking over Keyhole Scrape. Water levels dropping rapidly at B pools and brought in Little Ringed Plover, Redshank and Green Sandpiper. Pete Sofley, Pete Lichfield.

 

25th: Martin Cross found another brood of 10 Goosander further upstream on Tame. Takes us up to third brood this season. Brood of 6 still at Tame/Blythe junction. Third Brood (6) of Gadwall on reserve despite flooding.

Martin also found some Pyramidical Orchids and a good show of Southern Marsh just upstream by the sewage treatment works. Plus Marsh Helleborines starting to come into flower on the main reserve.

Nuthatch with 2/3 young between the wooden bridge and sluice. House Sparrow collecting caterpillars along the river. Green Sandpiper from Bittern Hide. 20+Lapwing, 5 Little Egret. Pete Sofley.

The sun and warmth has finally brought out the large dragonflies in force. Brown, Southern, & Migrant Hawkers plus Four-spotted & Broad-bodied Chasers, Pete Lichfield.

 

24th: Common Terns are settled in well. Watched feeding of sitting bird & changing of the guard! Also present were a pair of Shoveler, 3 Little Egret and a Peregrine on the car park pylon. Pete Lichfield.

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21st: A report of a female Pintail, Green Sandpiper, Redshank and Lesser Whitethroat below A Hide.

20th: Common Terns back on the raft at B Pools making nest scrapes! Will they finally settle and breed?? 30+ Black-headed Gulls with the first juveniles of the season appearing from a local breeding site. Lesser Black-backed Gull with a juvenile may have bred on Hams Hall site? 8 Swifts through early.

On the main marsh the Ragged Robin is now dying off but guesstimate 1000+ Southern Marsh Orchid, big tufts of Birds-foot Trefoil and Red Clover.

We’ve been working on improving carpark for butterflies/insects over last couple of years. At least 30 species of wildflower in the car park edges! New species this year Vipers Bugloss and Knapweed. Pete Sofley.

18th: Great Crested Grebes giving it another go after the floods. Nest is now right in front of B Hide.

16th: Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, male Teal, at least 3 juvenile Common Whitethroat along Riverwalk, juvenile Pied and Grey Wagtails along the river. Cuckoo over the car park and Peregrine over Eon Meadows. Kevin Whiston.

14th: Hobby hawking around B hide and perched just right of the hide in dead tree at 12:35. 2 Cuckoo. Willow Tit with at least one juvenile at the car park. On B Pools, Redshank and 2 Little Ringed Plover in the morning but flew out north. 3 male Teal, 1 male Shoveler, 4 Little Egret.

12th: Hobby, Peregrine, Yellow Wagtail, 2 Cuckoo, 3m/1f Shoveler, 1m Teal, 4 Little Egret, 11 Lapwing.

6th: Spoonbill still present early morning before being seen to fly north and later being pinned down at RSPB Middleton Lakes. J Morris

5th: Spoonbill still on B pools at 17:15. Also 3 Common Tern including a pair nest building on the new raft. 3 Little Ringed Plovers, Oystercatcher, pair of Shoveler and a male Teal. On Main Pool, Gadwall with a brood of 9 in New Bay, another pair of Shoveler, 3 male Teal, 2 female Goosanders plus another female on the river with a brood of 14! 2 fledged 2 Tawny Owls chicks.

4th: SPOONBILL! Roosting on the island, viewed from B Hide, 11:40am. Pete Lichfield. Spent the rest of the day on the reserve, briefly visiting Main Pool and New Bay before returning for the evening to B pools.

 

3rd: Common Terns observed mating, passing fish and courtship dancing on B pools. If they continue this would be the first record of breeding for the reserve, Pete Lichfield.

 

1st: 5 Common Terns with 2 investigating the tern raft. First Black-tailed Skimmer (female) by the picnic table in the woods behind B Hide, pics by Pete Lichfield.

 

May

31st: 2 Common Tern, 4 Shoveler (m), 2 Shelduck, 6 Little Egret, Cuckoo, 6 Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher. Dabchick chick below B hide has survived the flood, pics by Pete Lichfield.

 

29th: Helleborine leaves starting to show near the beehives and flowering marsh orchids. Ragged Robin in full flower on the marsh. Sluice opening widened to start shifting some of the water off pools which are above winter levels. Sand Martins and Kingfishers nests washed out and all Lapwing/Little Ringed Plover nests gone. Too early too tell impact on reedbed warblers but reeds have not been flattened. Broods of Wildfowl have survived unscathed & have been joined by 3 cygnets on B pool. 2 Oystercatcher, 6 Lapwing, a pair of Shoveler, 3 Little Egret, Hobby.

27th: Massive flooding. No access to the reserve for at least most of day as it was still rising near the entrance gate. Highest summer flooding I’ve seen for some years! Eon Meadows completely underwater also. All breeding duck/waders likely lost. Peregrine, Cuckoo, Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, 6 Lapwing, 3 Goosander (f), Shoveler (m), 5 Little Egret,8 Cygnets, pics by Pete Lichfield.

 

26th: Red Kite over at midday before being chased upriver by a Crow. Greenshank, Little Ringed Plover, 6 Lapwing, Wigeon, 2 pairs of Shoveler, Shelduck, 3 Common Tern, 5 Little Egret, Peregrine & Cuckoo. Sightings and pictures by Pete Lichfield.

25th: Greenshank in New Bay with 7 Little Egrets. 3 Dunlin through with 3 Common Terns, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Shelduck, female Goosander on top of Rudd Hide, Ben Eaton.

24th: Greenshank present on B pools. First for the year.

22nd: 3 Cuckoo from B Hide, J&J Morris.

20th: Grey Partridge noted in the logbook, Yvonne. First record for years.

14th: Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Common Tern, 3 Cuckoo and 4 Little Ringed Plover early morning, Pete Sofley, Matt Griffiths. Great White Egret briefly on Main pool at midday plus 2 Hobbies hawking, John Hoyle.

13th: Dunlin being hassled by 2 Little Ringed Plovers this pm on B pool, Pete Lichfield. 4 pairs and a singleton of Little Grebe, 2 pairs of Great Crested Grebes, Common Sandpiper, 3 Goosander, 3 Shoveler, 3 Shelduck, Cuckoo, 2 Cetti’s Warblers, Matt Griffiths.

12th: The crèche is in full swing! Goosander with 9 young today is 1 month earlier than the 3 previous years. Also 2 broods of Little Grebe (1 on B pool & 1 in New Bay). Broods of Mallard & Canada Goose to many to count, Pete Lichfield.

11th: Numerous hirundines & Swifts attracted a Hobby. 2 Little Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher, 6 Lapwing, pair of Shelduck, pair of Shoveler, Teal (m), 3 Goosander (inc 1f), 2 Little Egret, Pete Lichfield.

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Hobby (Pete Lichfield)

10th: Dozens of Swift hawking over Main pool this a.m. plus many assorted hirundines over the river, pics by Pete Lichfield.

 

9th: Marsh Harrier recorded in the logbook as going down behind trees around Hide B, more details to follow hopefully. 2 Ringed Plover and Hobby, Richard Walker.

7th: Lesser Whitethroat and 3 Little Egrets, James Kenny. Brief birding visit in the afternoon produced 2 Hobby, 4 Shelduck. Moth traps in the morning totalled 34 moths of 19 species (see A Night Of Prominents, 7th May), Ben Eaton. Two visitors had a parakeet species along Riverwalk this afternoon but bad light didn’t help with ID.

5th: 93 species logged today as part of the Warwickshire Spring All Dayer (see May All Dayer 2018 for more details).

3rd: B pools had it all today. Reeds full of warblers – Reed, Sedge, & Cetti’s plus Marsh Tit. That is until a Sparrowhawk dropped in for tea! 2 Cuckoos calling, 2 Little Egret, 2 Shelduck, Teal (m), Shoveler (m), Little Ringed Plover & Lapwing made up the numbers. Pete Lichfield

2nd: Dunlin & Ringed Plover came down in the rain at B pools at 1:50pm. Litte Ringed Plover, 5 Little Egret, 5 Shelduck, 2 Goosander, Cuckoo along Riverwalk. Ben Eaton

April

29th: Hobby, Grasshopper Warbler amongst 9 species of warbler today. 2 Cuckoo, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Little Egret, Grey Wagtail, 7 Goosander. Steve Cawthray

27th: 4 Swift, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Lesser Whitethroat behind Rudd Pool. Few more Common Whitethroats in now. 1 Yellow Wagtail flew over and 1 Grey Wagtail on the river. Pair of Goosander,1 male Shelduck, 1 male Teal, 2 pairs of Shoveler. Pete Sofley

25th: Hobby, Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper, D.A.D.

23rd: The first Swift of the year was the only new arrival today.

22nd: Much the same as yesterday plus Whitethroat, Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 5 Little Egret & a pair of Goosander on Main Pool with another male on the river. Pete Lichfield, Richard Walker.

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Reed Warbler (Pete Lichfield)

21st: Cuckoo along the river but very camera shy! 2 Little Ringed Plovers & 4 Shelduck on B pool. 4 Little Egret & 3 Oystercatcher on Main Pool. Warblers all over the place – Cetti’s, Reed, Sedge, Willow, Chiffchaff & Blackcap.

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Blackcap (Pete Lichfield)

20th: Distant views of today’s Cuckoo in tree over the new bridge. Also 2 Little Ringed Plover on B pools plus calling Reed Warblers & Cetti’s below hide. 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Shelduck, & Little Egret on Main Pool. Pete Lichfield

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Cuckoo (Pete Lichfield)

18th: 2 Common Sandpiper on Main Pool plus 1 on the river, Snipe, 2 Oystercatcher. Blackcaps, Willow Warblers & Chiffchaffs aplenty.

 

Sunshine brought out the butterflies – Orange Tip, Brimstone, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, & Whites. Pete Lichfield

16th: 2 Little Ringed Plover, Sedge Warbler & Cetti’s Warbler from B hide. Little Egret, pair of Oystercatchers, pair of Wigeon, 3 Shelduck & male Goosander on Main Pool and a pair on the river. Pete Lichfield

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Little Ringed Plover (Pete Lichfield)

15th: WeBS count; Mute Swan 6, Canada Goose 46, Greylag Goose 1, Shelduck 3, Mallard 57, Gadwall 31, Shoveler 48, Teal 33, Tufted Duck 52, Goosander 6, Little Grebe 8, Great Crested Grebe 5, Cormorant 52, Grey Heron 3, Little Egret 3, Moorhen 9, Coot 36, Oystercatcher 2, Lapwing 4, Little Ringed Plover 2, Lesser Black-backed Gull 4, Kingfisher 1. Ben Eaton.

Reed Warbler in Keyhole scrape before everything scattered courtesy of a juvenile Sparrowhawk. Flock of c.12 hirundines including House Martin, Pete Lichfield.

14th: Sedge Warbler & Cetti’s Warbler below B Hide, 2 Snipe in New Bay, Peregrine on the car park pylon, 4 Swallow over river. 3 Little Egret, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Shelduck, 4 Goosander plus good numbers of Teal, Wigeon & Shoveler around reserve. Pete Lichfield

 

12th: Osprey flew over B Pools at 07:50 being mobbed by a Crow, C.Lee, B.Richardson, M.Royston. Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, 5 Little Egret, 11 Goosander, over 50+ each of Teal and Shoveler still plus 10 Wigeon. House Martin with c.50 Swallows feeding low over the river.

9th: Common Crane!!! Flew low over the reserve at 15:40, came in from S/W and over the pools calling. Pete Sofley lost it through trees but then A&A Brooks had it from Riverwalk Hide heading north up valley towards RSPB Middleton Lakes where it was picked up later heading north. Second record for the reserve. Tree Pipit flew over Rudd Pool and 3 Yellow Wagtail, Redshank briefly early morning. Great White Egret, 4 Little Egret, House Martin in flock of c.40 hirundines along river. 2 Snipe at B Pools and our first Sedge Warbler noted late afternoon below the hide. 10+ Blackcap, 5 Willow Warblers.

8th: In the logbook for this morning, 2 Black-tailed Godwits flew over (H Krasenjink). LRP, 12 Goosander (6m,6f), 66 Shoveler still (42m, 24m), 7 Wigeon, 2 Shelduck, 3 Little Egret, 3 Willow Warblers, 30+ Sand Martins and Swallows.

7th: Mixed flock of two dozen Sand Martin & Barn Swallow, Little Ringed Plover on B pools, 2 Oystercatcher, 6 Lapwing, 8 Wigeon, 4 Lapwing, Pochard, 3 Shelduck, 3 Goosander, 4 Little Egret, 6 Linnet, Willow Warbler, 6+ Blackcaps, many Chiffchaffs. Pete Lichfield & James Kenny.

6th: Pair of Linnets behind Bittern Hide, at least 6 Chiffchaff calling around reserve, 9 Shelduck, 6 Goosander, Little Egret, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, 3 Redwing. 23 Fieldfare at Hams Lane paddocks. Pete Lichfield & Richard King.

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Linnet (Pete Lichfield)

4th: Tree Pipit around picnic bench at the north end at 12:40, Willow Warbler by Hide A, 35 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow, 2 Egyptian Geese briefly at 12:30, 10 Goosander.

3rd: Willow Warbler between A & B hides (per Finchams). Curlew still present, 6 Goosander, 3 Shelduck, 2 Little Egret, 4 Buzzard. Main Pool Swans have been flooded out of New Bay & relocated to reeds below Riverwalk Hide. Great Crested Grebes getting that spring feeling!

 

1st: Flooding still high. Curlew, large numbers of feeding Shovelers.

March

29th: Curlew, 2 Oystetcatcher, 3 Little Egret, 3 Shelduck, 4 Goosander, 2 Pochard & Willow Tit (car park feeders). Winter duck numbers continue to hold up with 150+ Shoveler & c.100 Teal & Wigeon. Pete Lichfield. 12 Sand Martin Pete Sofley.

 

27th: 3 Sand Martin went through at 10:30, another 3 and 1 Swallow at 13:30 at B pools plus 11 Shelduck, J Fincham. Flock of 300 Thrushes in Sych Wood paddocks off Hams Lane (180 Fieldfare,70 Redwing,50 Starling) plus 2 Mistle Thrush,2 Collared Dove.

26th: Cetti’s Warbler & Water Rail below B Hide. Curlew, 4 Oystercatcher,7 Lapwing, 3 Goosander, & lots of greedy Shovelers on Main Pool, Pete Lichfield. Siberian Chiffchaff and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Steve Cawthray.

 

25th: 2 Oystercatcher, Snipe, 10 Goosander, Common Gull, Fulvous Whistling Duck, 3 Greylag Geese, c.120 Shoveler, Ben Eaton.

23rd: Cetti’s Warblers very vocal and active today with at least 5 birds calling around the reserve. This bird pictured below by B hide with ring on right leg. 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Siskin, 15 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing still feeding in wet woodland, 6 Linnet, 2 Grey Wagtail.

 

21st: Siberian Chiffchaff at the doubles gates, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker calling from the poplars, Willow & Marsh Tit on Hide A feeders, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, female Pintail, Shelduck, 3 Goosander on Main Pool, Snipe on the flashes to the right of Bittern Hide.

 

20th: 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs in hawthorns before double gates with 3 Chiffchaffs, Marsh Tit and Willow Tits on Hide A feeders, 3 Shelduck on B Pools, 8 Goosander.

17th: WeBS count – Mute Swan 10, Canada Goose 17, Shelduck 5, Mallard 67, Gadwall 42, Shoveler 66, Wigeon 50, Pintail 1, Teal 125, Tufted Duck 71, Pochard 3, Goosander 7, Little Grebe 11, Great Crested Grebe 2, Cormorant 39, Grey Heron 1, Moorhen 18, Coot 41, Oystercatcher 2, Black-headed Gull 45, Lesser Black-backed Gull 4. Also Sand Martin, 3 Chiffchaff, Willow Tit, Peregrine. Late news: 2 Great White Egrets on the flashes to the right of Bittern Hide.

14th: Siberian Chiffchaff along track near the double gates at 11:30am, 3 Chiffchaff, Red-legged Partridge new for the year. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker drumming. On Main Pool – 2 Sand Martin, 2 Peregrine, 6 Raven, 1 Great White Egret in New Bay from 12:30-14:30, female Pintail, 10 Goosander, 6 Shelduck, 100 Teal, 150 Wigeon, 60 Shoveler, Greylag Goose, Oystercatcher.

13th: 2 Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers in the poplars along the main track, 300-400 Golden Plovers seen distantly in flight from Hide A in the direction of Hogrill’s End, 15 Buzzards along Riverwalk.

12th: Spring is here! The first Swallow and at least 3 Sand Martins today feeding low over the main reedbed also our first Little Ringed Plovers with 2 at B pools and a brief Redshank. Barn Owl at front of the box, Great White Egret early morning, female Pintail, over 200 Wigeon on both pools, c.150 Shoveler early morning. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker drumming again and a Chiffchaff singing. Superb day.

11th: Great White Egret in New Bay, Oystercatcher, 11 Goosander (6 males, 5 females), c.10 Shelduck, female Pintail, 3+ Cetti’s Warblers around the reserve. Pete Lichfield, Claire Workman.

 

10th: 2 Egyptian Geese were the first for the year, only 2 Shelduck and a single Redshank were on the Main Pool, Ken Bentley.

9th: Barn Owl roosting in the daytime in the repaired owl box. Kev Whiston.

8th: Hawfinch in Church Pool Covert, Steve Cawthray. Green Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, Common Gull, 5 Lapwing.

7th: Siberian Chiffchaff to the left of the double gates at 10:15 am with 2 Chiffchaffs, pair of Pintail on the river with 4 Goosander. Plenty of Cetti’s Warblers still around, Skylarks flew over and 30 Linnet roosted near the car park.

6th: Redshank, pair of Pintail, 11 Shelduck, 9 Pochard, male Goosander, 200+ Wigeon, 100+ Teal, 50+ Shoveler, Little Egret. Pete Lichfield, Ken Bentley

4th: Bittern footprints found in the snow today, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker drumming on the reserve, Barn Owl back in the kestrel box, a pair of Pintail with c.150 Wigeon, 8 Goosander, 10 Little Grebe roosted on the river. Steve Cawthray & Phoenixbirder.

 

2nd: Still open water on the pools. River Blythe starting to freeze up! River Tame full of duck, wagtails and thrushes feeding on banks. Surprise find was a RingedPlover on the river shingle behind Bittern Hide. 2 JackSnipe and 2 Snipe in the drainage ditches.

1st: Siberian Chiffchaff along the footpath 100 yards down from the entrance gate at the car park. Little else on the pools – 50% frozen. Steve Cawthray

February

26th: 2 Curlew (one roosted on B pool and one dropped in on Main Pool) 2 Woodcock (car park track/ angling pool), 1 Snipe. 17Shelduck was another good count, 11 Goosander, 150+ Wigeon on both pools, 50+ Shoveler but a drop in Gadwall and Teal numbers.

23rd: A first for the year in the form of a Jack Snipe on the large island in front of Riverwalk Hide plus the Great White Egret and the 4 Fulvous Whistling Ducks, Ken Bentley.

22nd: GreatWhiteEgret present again with a Little Egret, 2 Shelduck.

21st: Great White Egret, the first Redshank briefly on B Pools, Oystercatcher, Little Egret, 3 Greylag Geese, 11 Shelduck on the reserve – an excellent total. On Main Pool, 16 active Cormorant nests.

19th: A Great White Egret spent a few hours fishing in the afternoon on Main Pool then New Bay, followed by B Pool scrapes and then back to the marsh. The Great Crested Grebes are back – 2 on Whitacre Pool, 1 on Main Pool, 1 on B. Little Egret, 3 Shelduck, 4 Goosander, 2 Willow Tit.

18th: Great White Egret noted in the log book.

16th: Snipe showed briefly, a rare appearance lately. Water Rail, Muntjac round the feeders.

15th: First Oystercatcher of the year on Main Pool, Curlew, a pair of Pintail, 2 pairs of Shelducks, 10 Goosander, 80 Lapwing, Willow Tit.

12th: LesserSpottedWoodpecker in poplars by the locked entrance gate, Ken Bentley, Pete Lichfield. The first confirmed sighting of the year. Meadow Pipit on the river bund. At Edison Road the 3 Siberian-type Chiffchaffs were still present with 6 Common Chiffchaffs and Peregrine over, John Harris.

11th: 3 Fulvous Whistling Ducks, a pair of Pintails, 7 Goosander. 6 Pochard amongst hundreds of Wigeon until the Buzzards started courting! Sightings and photos by Pete Lichfield.

 

At Edison Road outflow there were 3 Siberian Chiffchaffs present. One bird resembling fulvescens type, plus one classic looking Siberian and another duller bird with a bright wing panel. At least 12 Common Chiffchaff and 6 Goosander too. Sightings and photo by Dave Hutton.

Siberian Chiffchaff (Dave Hutton)

10th: At Edison Road outfall there were 2 Siberian-type Chiffchaffs, 1 of which was ringed and 6 Common Chiffchaff, Tom Perrins. News emerged of cracking video footage of Otters on the main reserve. Recorded on three dates in the last week in an undisclosed location. Footage viewable on the Ladywalk Youtube page, all Otter video footage/stills by Anthony Butcher.

 

9th: 2 pairs of Mandarin showed briefly under the Cormorant roost trees. 12 Pochard, a pair of Goosanders on Main Pool. Pair of Pintails on B Pools, Shelduck. 5 Water Rail calling plus 1 in Keyhole Scrape.

7th: Female Blackcap along the river between the car park and main gate. 2 pairs of Mandarin were on the ice at Main Pool, probably budged out of there favourite hidden corner. 9 Goosander, 2 Shelduck. Firecrest, Siberian Chiffchaff and 5 Chiffchaff at Edison Road outfall, Steve Cawthray.

6th: 5 Bewick’s Swans flew off the pools, over the wood yard and north at 4:10pm. Identity confirmed later from calls, Pete Sofley. At Edison Road outflow, the unringed Siberian type was still present with 3 Common Chiffchaff and a Green Sandpiper. John Harris

5th: Red-legged Partridge and Yellowhammer on Hams Lane today were good records for reserve boundary. Mistle Thrush in song at Church Pool Covert though no sign of any Hawfinches. On the main reserve still over 1000+ waterfowl, nothing out of the ordinary though. 11 Goosander, 10 Pochard, 2 Shelduck. Male Peregrine. Pete Sofley

4th: Mandarins still present. Hard to judge numbers as they are good at hiding in the overhanging willows, Anthony Butcher. At Edison Road outflow an unringed Siberian Chiffchaff still plus an unringed fulvescens type bird and 5+ Common Chiffchaffs, Dave Hutton.

 

2nd: At least 5 Mandarin but probably still 7 lurking under the alders on Main Pool to the right of Cormorant colony island. Male Pintail and 4 Fulvous Whistling Duck dropped into Main Pool from off the river. 6 Goosander, 11 Pochard, Woodcock at Angling Pools. A pair of Ravens have started to build a nest on the pylon by the car park.

 

1st: A new record of 7 Mandarin on the reserve (5m, 2f). The birds were as usual along the wooded edge of Main Pool. Woodcock flushed from path around Angling Pool. Kevin Whiston.

January

30th: Great to hear first Curlew of the year over Main Pool at 16:20 heading south, circled and disappeared. Also c.120 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, male Pintail, 10 Goosander, 2 Greylag Geese, female Brambling roosted in reedbed with 10+ Reed Bunting. The feathery remains of an unfortunate Woodcock were found today along Riverwalk, likely predated by the local Peregrines.

Down at Edison Rd sewage outfall there were 2 Siberian type Chiffchaffs with 3 Common Chiffchaffs.

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Woodcock feather

29th: 1000 duck today. Including 21 Goosander, 3 Shelduck, 300 Wigeon, 140 Lapwing, Peregrine, Marsh & Willow Tits.

28th: Great White Egret and 2 Little Egret. Goosander, Kingfisher, 3 Shelduck, 6 Pochard. Buzzard keeping 200 Lapwings busy. Pete Lichfield.

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Great White Egret (Pete Lichfield)

26th: Cormorant colony starting nest inspections and collecting new material. 5 Shelduck on new pool.

24th: 4 Fulvous Whistling Ducks back again on Main Pool, Common Gull, Shelduck, 5 Goosander, 6 Pochard. 400 Lapwing ( 300 Main/100 B pools).

23rd: 300 Lapwing on Main Pool.

22nd: 2 Peregrine, 20 Siskin, Marsh & Willow Tit. WeBS count – Mute Swan 7, Canada Goose 35, Canada x Greylag Goose 1, Mallard 223, Gadwall 228, Pintail 3, Shoveler 44, Wigeon 190, Teal 196, Tufted Duck 86, Pochard 8, Goosander 4, Little Grebe 13, Cormorant 43, Little Egret 1, Grey Heron 10, Water Rail 1, Moorhen 27, Coot 41, Lapwing 120, Black-headed Gull 50, Lesser Black-backed Gull 2.

19th: 30 Golden Plover flew over late afternoon, 2 Shelduck, 7 Goosander, 4 Pochard.

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Treecreeper along Riverwalk (Pete Lichfield)

18th: 2 Shelduck, 6 Goosander.

17th: 3 Golden Plover flew over high (no records last year), 210 Lapwing, 4 Willow Tit, 2 Chiffchaff, Cetti’s Warbler, Water Rail, 2 Siskin, Redpoll.

16th: c.320 Lapwing on the reserve today, the highest total in a number of years. c.150 Wigeon, 9 Pochard, 7 Goosander, 2 Shelduck.

15th: Pair of Peregrines photographed on the pylon by the car park.

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Peregrine pair (Anthony Butcher & Elaine Vincent)

13th: 7 Pintail (3 on Main Pool, 4 on B), 3 Mandarin, 9 Goosander, 7 Pochard, 2 Shelduck.

11th: Hawfinch still at Lea Marston churchyard, male Mandarin on Main Pool, 6 Goosander, Peregrine at B pools affecting duck numbers.

10th: 1 Hawfinch at Lea Marston churchyard.

9th: Whooper Swan flew north to Lea Marston at 9:55am, Great White Egret flew over and landed at the north end of the reserve at 2pm. 2 Hawfinch at Lea Marston churchyard/ Church Pool Covert at 8am. 3 Mandarins on Main Pool (1m,2f), female Goldeneye on B Pools, 200 Wigeon, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Barn Owl, 20 Lesser Redpolls.

8th: 2 Hawfinch still at Least Marston church at 8:30am, showing well with patience. Barn Owl in the box by Rudd Pool.

7th: Siberian Chiffchaff calling near the main entrance gate, 3 Hawfinch in the yews at Least Marston church at 1:55pm. Great White Egret on the reserve with a pair of Goldeneye and Goosanders. Mandarin, 7 Pochard, 5 Common Gull, 2 Brambling, Willow Tit.

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Common Gulls (Pete Lichfield)

6th: Pink-footed Goose on the marsh with the Canada Geese, 5 Brambling flew over the wood yard and roosted behind Rude the records Hide, Barn Owl emerged from kestrel box at 4:15pm, pair of Mandarins underneath Cormorant roost.

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Pink-footed Goose (Pete Lichfield)

4th: 170 Wigeon, 118 Teal, 49 Gadwall, 47 Shoveler, 14 Pochard, 6 Goosander, Shelduck, 72 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, Willow Tit, Chiffchaff.

3rd: Bittern in the channel at B pools.

2nd: Female Stonechat, Goosander, Willow Tit, Marsh Tit.

1st: Male Mandarin, Marsh & Willow Tits.

December

30th: Pair of Bramblings now on the Hide A feeders. Great White Egret on Main Pool, 150+ Lapwing, 3 Pochard, 2 Willow Tit on car park feeders, Siskin.

 

24th: Drake Pintail still on B pools with 4 Pochard (2m, 2f). A poor moth night with just 2 Winter Moths and 2 Mottled Umbers.

23rd: Drake Pintail on B pools, 63 Linnet by Rudd Hide.

22nd: Barn Owl came out of the open fronted box at 14:30 and hunted over the main reedbed and up close to B hide. Then landed near the new revamped owl box but was moved on by magpies.

20th: Brimstone butterfly noted today.

19th: Barn Owl still showing well from the open-fronted Kestrel box from Hide B. 3 Mandarin on Main Pool. Pair of Goosander on river. 2 Woodcock at west ditch and a single Chiffchaff near the footbridge.

18th: 3 Mandarin (2m/1f) on Main Pool below Riverwalk Hide. Small mixed finch flock still on bird seed crop but no sign of Brambling. c.20 Siskin behind A Hide.

15th: 6 Species of tit on Hide A feeders – Willow, Marsh, Coal, Long-tailed, Blue & Great. Large stretch of open water below Riverwalk containing good numbers of duck including Pochard & Goosander.

14th: Pair of Mandarin below Riverwalk hide. Marsh and Willow Tit both at A/B feeders and 2 Willow Tit at the car park feeders. c.20 mixed Siskin/Redpoll at wood yard.

12th: Female Brambling in wild bird crop behind Rudd Hide. 2 Woodcock – 1 at wood yard, 1 along Riverwalk.

11th: Swallow! Feeding on the river behind Bittern Hide, seen to go to roost in Bittern Hide. Great White Egret flew north over the car park at 10:00am. Barn Owl roosting in kestrel box still. Tawny Owl, Brambling around Rudd Pool. Pair of Stonechats. 10 Egyptian Geese on Main Pool with 4 Fulvous Whistling Ducks. 3 Willow Tits – 2 at the car park feeders, 1 at A feeders, Marsh Tit.

8th: 2 Shelduck, Willow & Marsh Tits on the feeders.

5th: Great White Egret in willows on the island by the Cormorant colony at 13:20.

4th: 2 male Mandarin on Main Pool still, Barn Owl left the kestrel box at 16:25 and hunted along the Whitacre meadows. 2 Snipe, Willow Tit, 40 Linnet at Rudd Hide.

2nd: Great White Egret at 15:40. Also 154 Cormorant roosted, 21 Stock Dove roosted, 2 male Mandarin, 1 female Goosander, Brambling in Keyhole Scrape.

November

30th: Whooper Swan dropped into Main Pool at 16:10. Chased off by Mute Swan but moved onto B pools and fed off small islands. Still present at dusk. Barn Owl left box at 16;30. Bittern in the main reedbed plus 2m/1f Mandarin on Main Pool, 2 Woodcock.

28th: Woodcock flying out in daylight again this afternoon at the back of Rudd Pool along the river. Brambling reported for the third time in the past week in the bushes around the wild bird seed crop next to Rudd Hide.

26th: Barn Owl roosting again in the Kestrel box. Lots of finches using seed patch at Rudd Hide. Raven, Peregrine, 4 Fulvous Whistling Ducks, 3 Mandarins, Willow Tit.

24th: Bittern, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, pair of Mandarins, Peregrine, 2 Water Rail, Marsh and Willow Tits, 3 Goosander.

23rd: Barn Owl roosted for the whole day in the kestrel box viewable from Hide B.

21st: 2 male Mandarin, 4 Fulvous Whistling Ducks, roughly 200 each of Wigeon, Gadwall and Coot. Woodcock flushed from ditch at entrance at 11:00, Marsh & Willow Tits, Chiffchaff along the river.

19th: Bittern in the main reedbed by the sluice at 11:00, moved to Crake Corner at 11:30. Viewed from Riverwalk Hide.

18th: WeBS count (see blog).

11th: 18 Egyptian Geese. 15 flew over the pools at 15:50 towards Shustoke then a further 3 north fifteen minutes later. Another record count for reserve. On the Main pool there were 14 Goosander (1 male),7 Pochard, 49 Tufted Duck, 191 Coot, 153 Gadwall, 193 Wigeon. The first Woodcock of the autumn was in flight over Rudd Pool and a Green Sand was on the Eon Meadows.

9th: A reserve record count of 6 Mandarin Ducks today (3 males, 3 females) feeding near the Main Pool/Rudd Pool causeway. View from Hide A.

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6 Mandarins (Pete Lichfield)

8th: 3 Goldeneye – 2 males showing well from Riverwalk Hide plus a female later seen from Hide A. Great White Egret flew through again in the afternoon to the north, the Pintail remained at B pools, 7 Goosander (1 roosted, 6 flew through), Snipe, 120 Pied Wagtails flew over Hide A to roost on the industrial estate, 25 Reed Buntings roosted in the small reedbed behind Keyhole Scrape.

 

7th: Great White Egret roosted with the Cormorants on Main Pool, a male Pintail was at B pools, c.200 Starlings roosted at B pools with a surprisingly late Swallow. 253 Wigeon, 194 Gadwall, 104 Teal, 195 Coot, 4 Goosander, 3 Pochard, 2 Shelduck and 1 Ruddy Shelduck hybrid.

4th: 4 Snipe, 3 Goosander, 2 Pochard, 24 Lapwing.

3rd: Hawfinch perched in Riverwalk copse at 15:25 then flew across the river into opposite copse. Tawny Owl, Stonechat, 5 Water Rail, 4 Cetti’s Warbler, 120 Starlings roosted.

1st: Pair of Stonechats in the marsh reedbed, c.200 mixed flock of Redwings and Fieldfares. 3 escaped Fulvous Whistling Ducks on the reserve, they have also been seen at Middleton Lakes RSPB.

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Fulvous Whistling Ducks (Pete Lichfield)

October

30th: 2 Tree Sparrow in Riverwalk Copse – the first for a couple of years. Fly-by Great White Egret, Brambling flew over B Hide early on, Dunlin, 10 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Pochard, 15 Skylark over.

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6 Snipe at B pools (Pete Lichfield)

29th: 9 Snipe, pair of Stonechats, 6 Linnet, 2 Pochard.

28th: Great White Egret flew over B pools, 60+ Lapwing, 5 Snipe, 2 Pochard, Goosander, Water Rail.

27th: 2 Hawfinch heading west over the bee hives at the back of B hide at 13:55. Plus 2 Stonechat in Keyhole Scrape reeds, 5 Snipe and a Pochard on B pools.

25th: Bittern again seen in the reedbed inbetween Riverwalk and A Hides.

24th: Bittern in the reedbed inbetween Riverwalk and A Hides.

23rd: Great White Egret feeding around the reserve and then roosted with a Little Egret and 148 Cormorants. 10+ Water Rails calling at B pools, 2 male Stonechat in the main reedbed, 215 Gadwall around the reserve, Snipe.

21st: Great White Egret briefly at 11am from Riverwalk Hide. 2 Little Egrets, 11 Grey Heron, Snipe and Common Gull.

 

20th: Bittern flew in from the north at 12:20 and dropped into the reeds in front of Hide B.

19th: No sign of Firecrest at Lea Marston and less Goldcrests. 3 Nuthatches wall-creeping on the church, female Blackcap, 40 Redpoll, good numbers of Song Thrush and a few Redwing.

18th: Firecrest found in large yews along the edge of Lea Marston churchyard next to Church Pool Covert. 20+ Goldcrests around there plus 45 Redpoll and 6 Mistle Thrushes. On the Main Reserve, a Great White Egret dropped on to the river behind Rudd Pool, a Brambling flew over Hide A feeding station, 14 Redpoll on site. Yellowhammer on Hams Lane.

16th: Hawfinch flew up the valley at 09:30, over the picnic table towards Church Pool Covert. This is the first record for the Main Reserve, the last being seen high in ash trees in nearby Church Pool Covert on the 9th November 1986! Great White Egret roosted last night with the Cormorants before feeding near Rudd Pool and then flying towards Shustoke at 8am but then turned back and flew over Main Pool towards B. Other vis mig totals; c.150 Redwing, c.200 Starling, c.300 Woodpigeon, 46 Pied Wagtail, 8 Skylark, 41 Meadow Pipit, Yellowhammer, 14 Chaffinch, 17 Redpoll, 4 Siskin, 34 Goldfinch, 9 Linnet, 3 Grey Wagtail, 14 Song Thrush, Snipe, 12 Lapwing. A good day.

14th: Church Pool Covert/Sych Wood: 23 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 6 Siskin, 2 Raven, 10 Jay, male Stonechat on Whitacre side.

12th: 2 Snipe, 80+ Lapwing, 3 Goosander on the river, Cetti’s Warblers calling all round the reserve.

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Lapwings (Pete Lichfield)

9th: Whooper Swan flew north low over pools towards Lea Marston and appeared to land, Jack Snipe in flight around the marsh and landed on B pools, 2 Stonechats on the edge of marsh/reedbed, 1 Swallow, 100+ Redwing, 45 Redpoll, 4 Siskin, 38 Goldfinch, 8 Skylark, 20 Meadow Pipit.

8th: WeBS count. c.12 Meadow Pipit on Bittern Hide scrapes.

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Water Rail at B pools (Pete Lichfield)

6th: Stonechat along Riverwalk late afternoon, 2 Swallows over B pools, singles of Redpoll and Siskin overhead.

5th: Green Sandpiper dropped in briefly in the afternoon. 10+ Snipe out in the open after a fox was foraging at B pools. 3 Siskin over Riverwalk.

3rd: 11 Snipe, 196 Black-headed Gulls, 3 Redpoll, 10 Meadow Pipits, Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff. Heading south were 4 House martin, 6 Swallow.

2nd: A little bit of movement this morning included 2 Stonechat (m/f along Riverwalk),  10+ Meadow Pipit on marsh, 3 Skylark flew over, 4 Grey Wagtail and 10+ Pied Wagtails over.

September

27th: Snipe, 2 Water Rail, 60 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 24 Wigeon, 2 Little Egret.

26th: Green Sandpiper on B pools. 36 Wigeon, Willow Tit at A feeders, Grey Wagtail in the scrape.

24th: Hobby, Marsh Tit at A feeders, Little Egret on Main Pool. 36+ Teal, 15+ Wigeon, 15+ Shoveler, last Reed Warbler reported.

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Hobby by Pete Lichfield

23rd: Little Egret, Marsh Tit on feeders, 36 Teal, 12 Shoveler, 9 Wigeon.

22nd: Hobby, 2 Little Egret, 21 Lapwing, 10 Teal, 4 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler.

21st: 2 Hobby, Little Egret.

20th: 80 Gadwall, 24 Teal, 8 Shoveler, 4 Wigeon. Moth trap highlights; Sallow, Pink-barred Sallow, Rosy Rustic & Burnished Brass.

19th: Stonechat around dead tree at B pools, Hobby, 2 Little Egret, 7 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 2 Teal, 4 Cetti’s Warbler calling around the reserve, Water Rail calling, 2 Reed Warbler still.

18th: 5 Skylark on the marsh early am plus 12 Meadow Pipits. Yellow Wagtail, 4 Grey Wagtail and 10 Linnet flew over, immature Hobby at Rudd Pool, 2 Snipe.

17th: Hobby & Sparrowhawk at feeder hide, 5 Buzzard over B pools. Green Sandpiper, 12 Lapwing, 2 Teal.

16th: Hobby, 4 Little Egret, 12 Teal, 7 Lapwing, Marsh & Willow Tit.

15th: 700 hirundines south in one hour with a few Meadow Pipits, Water Rail.

14th: 500+ House Martins across the reserve.

13th: Snipe, 24 Lapwing, 2 Little Egret, 65 Gadwall, 52 Teal, 18 Shoveler.

12th: 4 Green Sandpiper, Hobby, 12 Lapwing, 2 Common Buzzard.

10th: Yellow Wagtail over, 57 Meadow Pipits south, 20-30 Chiffchaffs along the river, 12 Sand Martin amongst hundreds of hirundines. WeBS totals; Little Grebe 14, Cormorant 12, Little Egret 3, Grey Heron 4, Mute Swan 21, Canada Goose 101, Mallard 155, Gadwall 77, Shoveler 8, Teal 53, Tufted Duck 12, Water Rail 2, Moorhen 29, Coot 79, Black-headed Gull 13, Lesser Black-backed Gull 2, Kingfisher 2.

7th: Kingfisher predated by Grey Heron.

6th: Yellow Wagtail over, juvenile Ringed Plover, 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Little Egret, 100’s of House Martins along the river.

5th: 2 Hobby near to B Hide this morning, Snipe in Bittern Hide flashes, 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, c.200 Black-headed Gulls on Main Pool.

4th: Possible Bee-eater called once over Riverwalk Bay with 100 martins heading southeast to Shustoke. Whinchat in fringes of main reedbed, new for the year. Juvenile Little Ringed Plover on shingle islands on Main Pool plus 2 Green Sandpipers and Common Sandpiper.

2nd: Autumn All-Dayer. 84 species. Highlights included Tree Pipit, Little Owl, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 4 Little Egret.

1st: 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Little Egret, 4 Goosander on the river, 9 Lapwing, 10 Teal, 4 Shoveler.

August

31st: Turtle Dove again drinking from Main Pool, 2 Hobby, Peregrine, Kestrel, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, 12 Teal, 2 Shoveler.

30th: Turtle Dove drinking from Main Pool on recently cleared island, Tree Pipit in riverside trees after showers, Hobby chasing 100+ hirindines plus 1 Swift over, Yellow Wagtail and 2 Grey Wagtail over.

29th: Male Redstart at the old power station site, Tree Pipit along the river south of the car park, 14 Goosander flew through to the river, Green Sandpiper, 4 Little Egret, 12 Teal, Kingfisher, 6 Mistle Thrush on the football pitch. Juvenile Water Rail in Keyhole Scrape makes possibly the 3rd breeding record this year and juvenile Willow Tit at Riverwalk.

28th: 2 Hobby, 6 Little Egret, Green Sandpiper, Goosander, Kingfisher.

26th: Hobby chasing House Martins.

25th: 8 Little Egret, 3 Green Sandpiper, 10 Buzzard, 7 Chiffchaff, Hobby chasing House Martins.

24th: 2 Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, 12 Teal, Kingfisher.

21st: Tree Pipit over at 08:40, Redstart between old Angling Pool and the beehives, Yellow Wagtail, 2 Green Sandpiper, Hobby. 2 Angle-striped Sallow and Bulrush Wainscot in the traps overnight.

19th: Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret on B pool, 3 Willow Warbler. Marsh Tit on Hide A feeders.

18th: Great White Egret disturbed from pools during a thunderstorm.

17th: Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper. Duck numbers starting to build up; c.140 Gadwall, c.130 Mallard, 24 Teal, 5 Shoveler.

16th: Redstart calling, Lesser Whitethroat at Riverwalk, Yellow Wagtail flew over and Water Rail with 2 downy chicks at the sluice.

15th: Juvenile Hobby at Hide B, White Wagtail from Riverwalk Hide.

13th: 2 Tree Pipit flew south at 7am, Spotted Flycatcher in the Lombardy Poplars, eclipse male Wigeon (first of the autumn), 78 Gadwall, 17 Teal, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 24 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler.

11th: Juvenile Hobby, juvenile Peregrine, Raven.

10th: Red-legged Partridge.

8th: Lesser Whitethroat below Riverwalk Hide, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper.

7th: Tree Pipit flew over, juvenile Cuckoo, Yellow Wagtail on the marsh, peregrine with prey. New broods of Tufted Duck (7) and Little Grebe (2) on Main Pool.

3rd: 5 Black-tailed Godwits on Main Pool.

July

30th: Redshank, 3 Little Ringed Plover.

28th: Juvenile Marsh and Willow Tit with adults with large roving tit flock around Angling Pool. Immature Hobby and Peregrine, Common Sandpiper.

27th: Hobby, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 18 Teal, Tufted Duck brood reduced to 1, Marsh Tit at wood yard.

25th: Muntjac with fawn at Hide A.

24th: Adult and juv. Little Ringed Plover, 2 Green Sandpiper, first Snipe of the autumn, 4 Little Egret and 11 Teal.

22nd: Willow Tit with at least 2 juvs, tenth brood of Gadwall, 2 juvenile Shoveler still present.

21st: 100+ Gadwall, 1m Teal, 1m Shoveler.

19th: Ringing produced another 2 young Cetti’s Warblers bringing the year’s total to 3.

17th: Redstart by Rudd Pool, 4 juv Little Ringed Plover on Main Pool, Greenshank briefly, 7 Teal.

16th: Hobby, Peregrine.

14th: 9 Black-tailed Godwits flew over, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Redshank, Hobby, Peregrine entertaining over main pool.

12th: Greenshank reported to fly over, 3 Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Peregrine.

10th: First young Cetti’s Warbler of the year ringed.

9th: Family of 5 Peregrine on the car park pylon, Oystercatcher, Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, 4 Common Tern, 2 Little Egret.

8th: 3 Common Tern, 2 Teal (m), 2 Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Little Egret, Hobby, Peregrine, House Sparrow in front of Bittern Hide.

7th: 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, 5 Little Egret.

4th: Adult and 3 juv Peregrine on pylon, Hobby on reserve.

3rd: Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, 37 Lapwing, 3 Little Egret, pair of Teal, 2 Peregrine, Hobby.

June

29th: Black-tailed Godwit on both pools, Ringed Plover, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Oystercatcher. 2/3 juvenile Cetti’s Warblers below B hide with 2 Adults.

27th: Bittern flying across Main Pool, returning Green Sandpiper on B pools. Gadwall having good year – 7th brood of the year with a brood of 13! 3 Peregrine including 2 juveniles.

26th: On Main Pool – Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 68 Lapwing, 3 Common Tern, 3 Little Egret, 2 Cuckoo, Hobby. Good to see successful breeding of Sand Martins with a family party of 10 on the river.

19th: 2 Great White Egret with 3 Little Egret in New Bay. Total of 8 Little Egrets on the reserve including 4 juveniles. 5 Little Ringed Plovers (3 juveniles) on B pools, 48 Lapwing, 2 Common Tern. 56 Gadwall – new broods of 7,8 and 9 – brings the total to 6 broods this year so far. 2 pairs of Shoveler.

16th: Osprey high over the reserve, 4 Little Ringed Plover (3 juveniles).

9th: Brood of 5-6 Shoveler on B pools. Female Mandarin on the river. Successful broods of Nuthatch, Treecreeper and Kingfisher around the reserve today.

7th: Hobby over riverside meadows around midday. 2 Cuckoo, 2 broods of House Sparrow feeding along river,4 pairs of Linnet.

6th: Third brood of Goosander, this time 9 chicks noted on the River Tame at Water Orton.

4th: Brood of 2 Great Crested Grebes appeared today, 6 Shoveler.

1st: Mute Swan with 6 cygnets on Main Pool, Pied Wagtails with youngsters in car park.

May

29th: 2 juvenile Cetti’s Warblers below B hide. 3 juvenile Mistle Thrushes behind Bittern hide is the second breeding pair on reserve.

28th: Curlew dropped onto marsh at 3pm. 6 Little Egret, 7 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Cuckoo. Great Crested Grebes now have 3 young.

23rd: 2 Redshank, 3 Oystercatcher, 4 Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover, Snipe.

22nd: Second brood of Goosander on the Tame, this time a brood of 6.

20th: Great Crested Grebes with 2 chicks. 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Lapwing, 3 Little Egret, 2 Shelduck.

17th: Spotted Flycatcher behind B hide by pipe bridge, 3 Cuckoos (2 males and a brown morph), 2 Water Rail, 2 male Shoveler. 3 Cetti’s Warbler retraps; 1 male (ringed at Tring), 1 female ringed as adult Ladywalk 2013, 1 male hatched Ladywalk 2016.

15th: Hobby over B pools, 5 Black-tailed Godwits flew over north-east at 3pm. Goosander with only one chick on the Tame! c.100 hirundines brought down in light showers including c.50 Swift. Unfortunately the Oystercatchers nest has been predated/abandoned.

13th: 2 Redshank, Lapwing mating.

11th: Wood Sandpiper on B pools in the morning, Whimbrel flew over north at 4:25pm. 2 Yellow Wagtail, Ringed Plover, 2 Goosander, 2 Little Egret, 2 male Teal, Shelduck.

10th: Redshank with 4 unidentifed waders (possibly Ruff?), Egyptian Goose.

9th: Green Sandpiper.

8th: Shoveler on Main Pool and Red-legged Partridge calling across the river.

6th: SPRING ALL-DAYER, 93 SPECIES. Highlights included; Greenshank, Redshank, 3 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper, Ringed Plover, 3 Cuckoo, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Water Rail, 18 Goosander roosted (total higher than winter!), Barn, Little and Tawny Owls and 9 warbler species.

5th: 06:10 Otter swam the length of Main Pool from reedbed to shingle island below Riverwalk Hide. Common Tern briefly, Little Ringed Plover, pair of Goosander, pair of Shelduck, Oystercatcher, 4 Lapwing, 4 Swift, 3 broods of Mallard including one of 11.

3rd: Turtle Dove in willow behind Bittern Hide. 3 Dunlin briefly, 2 Common Sandpiper, Snipe, 3 Cuckoo, Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Teal, 2 Shelduck, Goosander.

2nd: Dunlin, 3 Cuckoo.

1st: Female Pintail, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Lapwing, Little Egret, Teal, 7 Goosander, Shelduck.

April

30th: Dunlin, Snipe, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Lapwing, Little Egret, 3 Cuckoo, Yellow Wagtail, at least 9 Garden Warblers, 4 Whitethroats, 2 young Grey Wagtail fledged on the river.

29th: Dunlin new in this morning.

28th: Marsh Harrier flew through at 12:15.

27th: First brood of ducklings out on the river – brood of 3 Gadwall.

25th: 3 Cuckoo, 11 Common Tern through in a storm, Common Sandpiper.

24th: First Hobby of the year chasing martins down the river, c.20 Sand and 8 House Martins. Snipe, Common Tern, 6 Teal, 2 Shoveler. 2 Cuckoo, 6 Sedge Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 5 Cetti’s Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler.

21st: White Wagtail on B pools, Cuckoo, 5 Goosander.

19th: Otter showing well on Main Pool, Cuckoo.

18th: Dog otter walking along scrapes in front of B pools at 7:35am, followed later by a mother with large cub later in the morning! Reedbeds alive with good numbers of Reed & Sedge Warblers plus 5 Cetti’s Warblers and Grasshopper too. Plenty of Willow Warblers, Chiffchaff and Blackcap in the woods. 3 Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, 8 Lapwing, 4 Oystercatcher.

17th: Great White Egret flew south, first Cuckoo of the year behind B hide, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Goosander, 3 Teal.

16th: Male Pied Flycatcher found between B and Bittern Hides in trees by the new bridge. Yellow Wagtail flew over, White Wagtail on B pools, Whitethroat, 4 Common Sandpipers, Snipe.

15th: Plenty of butterflies today – Orange Tip, Large White, Peacock, Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, & Common Blue.

14th: Redshank, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Oystercatchers.

13th: Great White Egret briefly, Common Sandpiper.

12th: Wheatear on the marsh, Egyptian Goose, 3 Yellow Wagtail, Common Sandpiper. 6 unidentified terns flew high north at 19:05.

11th: First Reed Warblers back at B pools, male Pochard.

10th: 4 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank, Snipe, 2 Oystercatcher, 10 Lapwing.

9th: A pair of summer plumaged Mediterranean Gulls on the islands on Main Pool with 253 Black-headed Gulls. 3 Redshank, 3 Little Ringed Plover, Snipe, 13 Lapwing, 3 Shelduck.

8th: Otter showed briefly in front of Hide B. Redshank & 500+ Black-headed Gulls.

7th: Great White Egret present but mobile.

5th: Great White Egret around reserve.

3rd: Sedge warbler at the new bridge. 5 Egyptian Geese, Curlew, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Curlew, 3 Lapwing, 2 pairs of Goosander, 4 Sand Martin, 4 Linnet.

2nd:  A very early Whitethroat at back end of Whitacre Pool. 5 Blackcap,7 Willow Warbler, 5 Cetti’s Warblers, 3 Swallow, 6 Sand Martins back on the river. Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, Redshank, Snipe, 8 Lapwing, 183 Black-headed Gull, 2 Goosander, 4 Shelduck, 67 Shoveler, 12 Wigeon, 17 Teal.

March

31st: Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 6 Lapwing. Influx of Willow Warblers with at least 4 singing between Hides A & B.

30th: Egyptian Goose, first Willow Warbler and 2 Blackcaps at the woodyard.

29th: Great White Egret, 2 Oystercatcher, 92 Shoveler, 4 Sand Martins.

28th: Curlew, 2 Oysercatcher, 150+ Shoveler, courting Great Crested Grebes.

27th: Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed PLover briefly, Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher, 180 Shoveler.

26th: Siberian Chiffchaff singing by the gate en route to Hide B. 3 Egyptian Geese, c.150 Shoveler, 13 Goosander, 7 Shelduck, Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Lapwing. In the moth traps 88 moths of 12 species including Dotted Border, Herald, Yellow Horned and Twin-spot Quaker. See records page for full list.

25th: Curlew, 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Oystercatcher, 8+ Goosander, 4 Shelduck.

24th: Egyptian Goose, Curlew, 17 Cormorant nests.

23rd: Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Lapwing, 8 Goosander, 6 Shelduck + Ruddy hybrid, 140 Shoveler, 100 Wigeon, 60 Tufted Duck, Pochard. 17 Chiffchaff around the reserve, Skylark over, 120 Linnet around car park looking for a roost site.

21st: Little Ringed Plover, Redshank and Snipe on B Pools. Barnacle Goose on Main Pool with 2 Oystercatcher, 7 Goosander, 4 Greylag Goose, 3 Shelduck. Superb views of dog Otter below B Hide at 5:30pm.

20th: Church Pool Covert: Blackcap, 3/4 Chiffchaff, 2 Ravens, 2 pairs of Mistle Thrushes.

19th: Little Ringed Plover, Curlew, 3 Oystercatcher, Barnacle Goose, 2 Shelduck, 6 Pochard.

16th: Red Kite, Barnacle Goose, Ruddy Shelduck hybrid, 130 Shoveler, 9 Goosander.

15th: Unringed and wary Barnacle Goose on main marsh, 2 Ruff briefly on Main Pool at 10am, female Pintail, Dunlin, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Lapwing, 15 Goosander, 8 Shelduck, 2 Pochard.

13th: 3 males and 1 female Pintail at B pools today. 10 Sand Martins over B pools this afternoon, 10 Snipe. Singing Redwing, Chiffchaff and Siskin.

11th: 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Shelduck, 6 Lapwing, Pochard, Water Rail.

10th: Female Pintail at B, 4 Shelduck, 2 Pochard.

7th: Female Pintail, singing Chiifchaffs, Small Tortoiseshells on the wing.

4th: Yellowhammer flew over, 7 Stonechat (1 main reedbed, 6 either side of Tame by the picnic bench), female Pintail, 217 Wigeon, 92 Shoveler, 12 Shelduck, 8 Goosander, Pochard, 2 Mistle Thrush, Peregrine, Raven, Common Sandpiper, 3 Chiffchaff.

2nd: 3 Sand Martins through, first of the year, Common Sandpiper on the river.

1st: Bittern at both Main and B Pools, pair of Pintail, 8 Goosander, 6 Pochard, pair of Peregrine hunting together, 4 Chiffchaff in song.

February

28th: Bittern.

27th: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker along Riverwalk.

26th: Otter photographed from Bittern Hide.

25th: Willow Tit singing deep in the woods behind B Hide, male Pintail, 5 Shelduck, 3 Goosander, 72 Wigeon, 59 Shoveler, 56 Gadwall, 2 Oystercatcher.

24th: Bittern.

21st: Jack Snipe flew into Crake Corner.

20th: Bittern flew from B Pools over to Main Pool.

19th: Bittern at Hide B. Common/Mealy Redpoll with large mixed flock on the way to the wood yard. Singing Redwing & Chiffchaff.

16th: Merlin reported. Barn Owl and Stonechat reports this week.

13th: Pair of Mandarin on the river, Egyptian Goose, 2 Oysercatcher, 2 Goosander, Little Egret.

12th: Black-tailed Godwit on Main Pool, 4 Shelduck, 78 Teal, 57 Gadwall, 40 Shoveler, 35 Wigeon.

11th: 1-2 Bitterns present but elusive, female Mandarin Main pool.

10th: Bittern from Riverwalk Hide. Second bird seems to have settled down in a feeding area so not so mobile.

8th: Female Pintail and 98 Wigeon.

7th: Bittern mobile around the reserve today, pair of Pintail.

6th: Peregrines active on the reserve so quiet.

5th: Bittern showing brilliantly from Hide B.

4th: Bittern, male Pintail, 2 Shelduck, Little Egret, 6 Goosander, 2 Pochard.

3rd: 2 Bittern at B Hide at 12:00pm, Red Kite.

2nd: 2 Bittern from B Hide at 2pm.

1st: 2 Bitterns seen regularly around the reserve.

January

31st: Bittern showing from B Hide, first Oystercatcher of the year on Main Pool, 6 Shelduck, 5 Goosander, 7 Pochard, 170 Wigeon, 10 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 250 Canada Geese roosted with 12 Greylags.

30th: Superb views of the Bittern feeding in front of B Hide. Another bird around the reserve too, female Pintail, 7 Goosander, Little Egret, 10 Grey Heron.

29th: Bittern on show in main reedbed at 12:28pm.

28th: 4 Goosander, 3 Shelduck, 2 Little Egret, 3 Pochard, 3 Goosander, fresh Peregrine kill of a male Goosander on the island.

27th: Siberian Chiffchaff east of Edison Rd bridge with 4 Chiffchaff. 1 Chiffchaff at reserve entrance.

25th: Bittern and at least 1 Siberian Chiffchaff at the outfall.

24th: Great White Egret in the shallow pools to the right of Bittern Hide.

22nd: Bittern seen at sluice on the edge of the main reedbed at 2:15pm, male Mandarin on main pool.

20th: Siberian Chiffchaff at outfall with 9 Chiffchaff. Common Sandpiper along the river. 3 Little Egret, Shelduck, 6 Pochard, 3 Goosander, Snipe, c.200 Teal, 75 Wigeon, 50 Teal.

19th: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Woodcock.

18th: 60-80 Redpolls by Hide A.

17th: Siberian Chiffchaff along river by Wincanton building.

16th: Siberian Chiffchaff roosted on the reserve around Hide A feeding station. 279 Teal, 242 Cormorant roosted, 6 Shelduck, 30 Little Grebe.

13th: Siberian Chiffchaff and 18 Chiffchaff along river, 2 Redpoll.

12th: Blackcap on Hide A feeders.

10th: Siberian Chiffchaff and 6 Chiffchaffs at outfall, 3 Chiffchaffs, 14 Redpolls, c.80 Redwing roosted at Sainsbury’s car park. 25 Stock Dove roosted with Cormorants, Little Egret, c.100 Teal, Peregrine.

9th: 18 Meadow Pipit on marsh plus 12 flew over to fields across river. 18 Little Grebe roosted on the river.

8th: Siberian Chiffchaff and 12 Chiffchaff at the outfall. 2 Little Egret, c.120 Teal, 30 Shoveler, 25 Wigeon, 6 Pochard, Goosander.

7th: Siberian Chiffchaff and 14 Chiffchaff at the river/outfall with Common Sandpiper and Goosander. 2 Shelduck, Goosander, 3 Pochard.

6th: Pair of Madarins on Main Pool.

5th: Bittern showed well, 3 drake Mandarins were the first since 2015.

4th: Large, white redpoll with finch flock by Hide A but couldn’t be pinned down to species.

3rd: ‘Siberian’ Chiffchaff with 4 Chiffchaffs on entrance track, Woodcock and 2 singing Marsh Tits.

2nd: 3 ‘Siberian’ Chiffchaffs along the river and outfall with 9 Chiffchaffs.

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